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Associate Professor of Management Accounting
Nova School of Business & Economics


John BURNS (Exeter Business School, UK)
Petri SUOMALA (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)
Regine SLAGMULDER (Vlerick Business School, Belgium)


The Manufacturing Accounting Research (MAR) Conference is a biennial conference at which worldwide scholars, researchers and practitioners debate on control, cost and performance management related issues in a wide range of business organizations, both in manufacturing and service. Previous conferences have been held in Eindhoven (1993), Bruges (1995), Edinburgh (1997), Kolding (1999), Pisa (2001), Twente (2003), Tampere (2005), Trento (2007), Münster (2009), Ghent (2010), Helsinki (2012) and Copenhagen (2014).

The Lisbon 2016 conference continues and evolves themes established in previous conferences. A direct engagement with operational processes has always been a central feature in the academic papers presented at the MAR conference. The Lisbon 2016 conference continues to welcome papers with a strong operational orientation. Such papers could relate, for example, to the use of cost and performance management systems in, sales, marketing, advanced manufacturing technology contexts, customer-supplier relationships and networks.

Inspired by the presence of our acknowledged key note speakers and the challenges many companies face, we also encourage papers analyzing how to design and use management accounting, cost and performance management systems to drive innovation, thus gathering insights into how cost management and performance measurement systems can support innovation in the competitive business environment. Papers related to this include, for example, the role of management and cost accounting and/or performance management systems in supporting innovation, the design, implementation and use of effective management control systems adapted to different contexts, knowledge integration and entrepreneurship in organizations.

Similarly to the earlier MAR conferences, the Lisbon 2016 conference will in general consider the link between design, implementation and use of management accounting and control systems and the relevance to both theory and practice.

The conference will consist of plenary presentations, concurrent sessions and a special track for PhD students. For some concurrent sessions a discussant will be allocated. The PhD track aims to promote young researchers and provides a platform for discussion of and individual feedback to PhD related papers. There will be an appointed discussant for each of these papers.

The conference is jointly organized by EIASM and Nova School of Business & Economics.


The conference will include different types of research pertinent to the conference title.

Papers on the following topics are particularly welcomed:

  • The design, implementation and use of new management accounting techniques including, time-driven activity based costing and activity-based costing models, target costing, customer profitability analysis and new budgeting approaches;
  • The role of cost and performance management systems in enhancing innovation, knowledge integration, and/or entrepreneurship;
  • Cost and performance management for/in new business models;
  • The use of cost and performance management systems in R&D, sourcing, manufacturing, marketing and/or sales;
  • The impact of technological change on management and cost accounting and performance management systems;
  • The simultaneous use of several management control systems and their effectiveness in different contexts.

Review and selection process will be done by the Organising Committee.

Presenters are expected to act as discussant for other papers upon request of the Organising Committee.

Full papers intended for presentation at concurrent sessions
or the PhD track should be submitted


March 28 (midnight) - Extended deadline

Please click HERE to submit to the concurrent sessions

Please click HERE to submit to PhD Track

Proposal should be submitted ONLY through this website!!!

Guidelines for submissions :
Text size 12 points, single spaced.
Max size of the file is 25 pages and/or 2048 KB


Please click HERE to download the conference final programme.


The best papers will be submitted to a special issue of the Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management (QRAM). These papers will be subject to the journal’s double-blind review process.


The ISSN number for the conference papers




One of the few European capitals with both a river and a coastline, Lisbon has Praça do Comércio square as its main meeting area. The city has always been ready to welcome new visitors and to bid a fond farewell to those departing, something that was never truer than when saying goodbye to sailors at the time of the great Portuguese maritime discoveries. This is why there are many important Manueline monuments shining in the light of Lisbon and its surrounding region, such as the Torre de Belém and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. The modern leisure area of the Parque das Nações proves that Lisbon still maintains its close links with the river today. Here, for example, you will find the distinctive mark of Álvaro Siza Vieira on one of the buildings that hosted the last world exposition of the 20th century, dedicated to the theme of the oceans. In contrast to this, do not miss the picturesque mediaeval quarters of Alfama and Mouraria, above which stands the castle. This castle, matched by Bairro Alto on the other hill, leads down to the downtown city centre known as the Baixa pombalina.

Chiado district

Chiado is these days one of the Lisbon’s districts with more prestige.
Situated in between the Bairro Alto and the Baixa, here the most diversified designer’s shops can be found, as well as ateliers, art galleries, museums, restaurants, modern and traditional coffees, bookstores, theatres and many other cultural and artistic expressions. Chiado is an historical place, frequented by modernist intellectuals and has forever being linked to a cosmopolitan Lisbon, with a strong romantic, modernist, liberal, and intellectual component.

Solar do Vinho do Porto (Porto Wine Institute)

Solar do Vinho do Porto is located in the Bairro Alto near Chiado disctrict, right in the heart of one of the most typical neighbourhoods of the city. Go to the Praça dos Restauradores, in the very centre of town, take the Glória elevator up to the top and drop in on the Solar inside the beautiful Ludovic Palace. Here, in a calm and relaxed atmosphere, the visitor is offered a range of types and brands of Port Wine to taste or, in the case of the connoisseur, the Port Wine of his choice.

São Jorge Castle

The São Jorge Castle rises up on one of the highest hills in Lisbon. It was wrested in 1147 from the Moors by D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal. The São Jorge Castle offers its visitors beautiful gardens and viewpoints from where one can observe the town in all its splendour, also a multimedia show (Olisipónia), a dark camera (Ulisses Tower - a 360º journey over Lisbon), an exhibition area, a meeting room (Casa do Governador) and a thematic shop. Inside São Jorge Castle can also be found the Restaurant "Casa do Leão", which combines the historical atmosphere to the best of the Portuguese traditional cuisine.

For more information about Lisbon and Portugal visit: https://www.visitportugal.com/en


Lisbon is easily accessed by flight, road, sea and rail.

Flights to Lisbon :
The airport has daily flights to and from the major cities in the world and the national airline is TAP - Tap Air Portugal.
The airport is located seven kilometres (four miles) north of the city. Approximate flight times to Lisbon: From London is 2 hours 20 minutes; from New York is 6 hours 45 minutes; from Los Angeles is 12 hours (plus transfer); from Toronto is 9 hours 30 minutes (plus transfer); and from Sydney is 22 hours 30 minutes (plus transfers).

Road :
If you're driving to Lisbon, enjoy the countryside along the way. The A1 Auto-estrada do Norte extends from Porto to Lisbon and the A8 arrives from destinations to the north and west of the city. The A9 bypasses Lisbon, connecting the A1, A8 and the A5, which links Lisbon with Cascais and the beaches. The A2 Auto-estrada do Sul arrives from the Algarve via Almada and the Ponte 25 de Abril. The A12 crosses the Ponte Vasco da Gama, offering a less congested route into the city.

Trains to Lisbon :
International trains arrive in Lisbon every day, mainly to Santa Apolónia Station and more recently to the Gare do Oriente, the newest railway station located in the former Expo Park, today known as Nations Park. Intercity trains connect all of Portugal's major cities to either Lisbon or Porto. Both the comfortable Alfa Service from Porto and the InterCity train from Faro take 3 hours 30 minutes to reach Lisbon. There are overnight trains from Madrid (10 hours) and Paris (18 hours 30 minutes)



Nova School of Business and Economics 
Faculdade de Economia
Campus de Campolide
1099-032 LISBOA

The academic programme of the conference will start on Wednesday June 15, 2016 at 1 pm. The conference is scheduled to end at approximately 5 pm on Friday, June 17


Please click HERE to find a summary file of the hotels suggested. Note that the prices are indicated VAT and breakfast included. 

Please click HERE for details about the Hotel Novotel and HERE for the booking form
Please click HERE for details about the Sana Executive and HERE for the booking form .

Please click HERE for details about the Ibis Hotel
Please click HERE for details about the Hotel Real Palácio
Please click HERE for details about the Hotel Sana Malhoa


The below fee includes :

  • Participation to conference
  • The conference USB key containing the full papers (ISSN number)
  • The 2 lunches
  • The welcome reception
  • The conference dinner
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments
For participants affiliated with an institution that is member or associate member of the EIASM's
Academic Council
260,00 € (VAT Exempt)
For participants coming from another academic institution 325,00 € (VAT Exempt)

Cancellations made before May 20, 2016 will be reimbursed minus 20% of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after that date.

Payments should be made by :

  • The following credit cards: Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard/Access




Ms. Graziella Michelante - EIASM Conference Manager
Tel: +32 2 226 66 62 - Fax:
Email: michelante@eiasm.be