Last April, the ABO Section posted the
on its web site and emailed it to members. The manual covers the
Section's journal -
its newsletter - ABO Reporter
, and its web site. The manual has been approved by
the Board of Officers. For your information, it is also included
in this newsletter.
Policies and Procedures Manual:
Tim Fogarty, Case Western Reserve University, as Chair-Elect,
is working on the Section's Operating Policies and
Procedures Manual. The manual covers committees and business
meetings, as well as conferences. The bylaws will be voted on at
the August 1999 ABO business meeting in San Diego. The Operating
Policies and Procedures Manual will be discussed at the
During the 1998-99 academic year, the Section organized the
1998 Research Conference in Orlando, Florida. It published two
issues of BRIA:
Volume 10, Supplement, containing the
1997 accepted Research Conference papers, and Volume 11 of the
regular issue of the journal.
Volume 12, which will
be a slightly larger issue than usual, is scheduled to go to the
printer late this summer. Volume 13 will be the first issue
under editor Sue Haka, who will also be the editor for Volumes
14 and 15. Volume 13 will include several papers accepted by
previous editor, Don Finn.
a. 1999 ABO
The 1999 Conference co-chaired by Chee Chow, San Diego State
University, and Joan Luft, Michigan State University, is
scheduled for October 8-9 in Los Angeles, California. The 1999
Mid-year Business meeting will be held in conjunction with the
conference. We hope you will be able to participate at the
conference as paper presenters, discussants, moderators and/or
b. Year 2000 ABO
The Board has appointed Mark Haskins, University of Virginia,
and Ken Ferris, American Graduate School of Management, as
Co-Chairs (Co-Coordinators) of the year 2000 Research
Conference. Both Mark and Ken have served the section in
several capacities: Mark is currently Chair of the Nominations
Committee and has served as Chair and Vice Chair - Regions.
Ken served as Chair and Editor of BRIA. They are
working with AAA and are in the process of selecting a site
and a hotel for the conference.
c. 1999 AAA
The 1999 ABO Business meeting in August in San Diego is under
preparation. The agenda for the meeting calls for approval of
the proposed bylaws, plans for the 1999 and 2000 Research
Conferences, and discussions of the Section's Operating
Policies and Procedures Manuals and Publications Policies. You
are invited to attend and participate in the business meeting.
The officers welcome suggestions that will improve the
section's ability to better serve you.
the 1999 AAA/ABO Annual Program Coordinator, has organized
several ABO Research Paper Sessions. Due to her hard work, the
ABO Section is well represented at the AAA Annual Meeting. We
hope that you will be able to attend these sessions and
encourage you to submit papers for the Year 2000 Annual
Meeting in Philadelphia.
Sandra Vera-Munoz, University of Notre Dame, Chair of the ABO Outstanding Dissertation Award Committee, reported that John
Barrick, University of Nebraska is the winner of the award.
John is currently affiliated with Northeastern University. The
title of John's dissertation is "The Effects of
Experience on External Information Search Performance:
Implications for Tax Professionals' Knowledge Structure."
I would like to thank Sandra and the members of her committee:
Laureen Maines, Indiana University; Brian Spilker, Brigham
Young University, and Rich Houston, University of Alabama, for
their time and contribution to the award committee.
4. ABO Trustees:
Finally, I would like to recognize the continued support and
guidance the ABO Section has received from the trustees and AAA.
The Section will miss Mary Stone, University of Alabama, and
Andy Bailey, University of Illinois, who will finish their term
as Trustees of the ABO Section in August 1999. I have been
privileged to work with them and Craig Polhemus, AAA Executive
Director, on ABO activities. With their support and expert
advice, the Board has successfully revised the bylaws pending
member approval, and developed publication and operating
policies and procedures manuals on a timely basis.