CIMA management accounting lecture: 31 January 2017
The CIMA Management Accounting Lecture Series is on its third year. The 2017 lecture was hosted by the Discipline of Accounting of The University of Sydney Business School for the first time. 27 academics from The University of Sydney, UNSW Sydney, University of Technology Sydney and The University of Melbourne attended the lecture by Professor Shannon Anderson from the University of California – Davis, Graduate School of Management on January 31.
Professor Anderson is an expert on the design and implementation of performance measurement and cost control systems. Her research has been funded by grants from professional accounting organizations including CIMA and from national research organizations such as the Australian Research Council.
In her CIMA lecture, Professor Anderson provided compelling evidence on how performance measurement systems can effectively diagnose problems and devise interventions aimed at improving organizational performance. A robust and thoughtful discussion ensued on the study’s method, implications for practice and future research prospects.
CIMA Research Training Programme: 1 – 3 February 2017
The third annual CIMA Research Training Workshop was hosted by the Centre of Excellence, Australasia from 1-3 February 2017. A mix of PhD students and early career researchers from around Australia and New Zealand attended the workshop.
This year’s workshop was facilitated by Professor Naomi Soderstrom from the University of Melbourne and Professor Shannon Anderson from the University of California, Davis. Professors Soderstrom and Anderson shared with participants their expertise in the design of research projects that analyses large public and proprietary databases of company information. Participants thanked CIMA for its support of this initiative, which helps to build important research capacity in the field of management accounting.
CIMA Research Training Programme: 20 – 22 January 2016
After the successful introduction of the CIMA Research Training Programme in 2015 CIMA once again hosted 16 PhD students and Early Career Researchers in January for the second annual CIMA Research Training Programme. The focus of this year’s Programme was research methods. Lead by three internationally acclaimed professors: Professor Mandy Cheng (UNSW Australia); Professor Henri Dekker (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam); and Professor Clinton Free (UNSW Australia), participants engaged in interactive workshops that examined the use of experiments, the statistical analysis of large sample databases, and interviews. Participants unanimously praised CIMA for their initiative in developing and supporting the three-day event. Planning is already underway for the 2017 Programme.
Academic Practitioner Networking Forum: 17 February 2016
How do firms best plan for the future? Professor Martin Messner from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and Visiting Professor at The University of Sydney engaged an audience of over 70 CIMA New South Wales Chapter members, and, 12 academics from the University of Sydney, The University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney at the Academic Practitioner Networking Forum on February 17.
In answering the question on how firms plan for the future, Professor Martin identified different challenges from a traditional standard model of planning. He discussed emergent, dynamic forms of planning, which he called The Beyond Budgeting approach, triggering robust discussions from the floor.
A CIMA member, who has not attended CIMA-sponsored events in recent times, conveyed that the topic appealed to her and that was why she came along. Further indication of the relevance of the topic was post-event, a request from attendees for Professor Martin to disseminate his presentation materials.
Inaugural CIMA management accounting lecture
What does healthcare really cost? This thought provoking and topical lecture, held at University of Technology, Sydney, on 20 January 2015 received an overwhelming response.
In this inaugural CIMA lecture, Professor Chapman presented his research on the healthcare industry, and provided practical insights in addressing the question: ‘what is cost-effective healthcare?' It was of particular interest to those who are working or researching in the healthcare industry, as well as anyone facing the challenges of managing complex costing systems in both for-profit and not-for-profit organisations.
40 academics and practitioners were present at the event.
Inaugural CIMA research training programme
Over 20 management accounting researchers from 15 higher education Institutions in the Australasia region welcomed 2015 with CIMA’s inaugural three-day intensive research training programme conducted by two prominent management accounting professors – Professor Chris Chapman (Copenhagen Business School) and Professor Wai Fong Chua (UNSW Australia).
The training took place from 21 to 23 January at Radisson Blu Hotel, Sydney. Feedback from participants included:
- 'Thank you so much for an incredible, fruitful and enjoyable few days.'
- 'This has been a great training programme.'
- 'Great work, great food and wonderful days of intense workshops. Thank you CIMA team!'
- 'The best workshop I have ever attended.'