1998/1999 promises to be an
exciting year for the ABO Section. The Section is currently going
through fundamental changes in leadership and officer composition.
This year, I have increased member participation by appointing
individuals to various committees to serve the Section. A plan is
in process to broaden member participation in the Section's
governance and to attract new members. If the current trend
continues, the Section will accomplish several projects before the
end of the 1998-1999 academic year. I am pleased to report a
number of developments that are currently taking place within the
The Behavioral Research in
Accounting (BRIA) Editorial Search Committee has selected Sue
Haka as the next Editor of BRIA. The announcement for the new
Editor is included in the Newsletter. I would like to thank the
members of the Search Committee: Jake Birnberg (Chair), Michael
Shields, Philip Siegel, Arnold Wright and Steve Sutton for their
time and active involvement in the selection process.
The Section held the Research
Conference in Orlando, Florida, October 16-17, 1998 at the Walt
Disney Coronado Springs Resort. The Conference was well organized
and included several research paper and forum sessions.
Congratulations to the Conference Coordinators: Jean Bedard
(Northeastern University), Jeff Cohen (Boston College) and Dennis
Hanno (University of Massachusetts Amherst) for organizing an
outstanding conference. The 1999 Research Conference is in
progress and will be held in Los Angeles in October 1999. Please
contact the Conference Coordinators: Chee Chow (San Diego State
University) and Joan Luft (Michigan State University) for
information on paper submissions and details on the conference.
The ABO Board has approved the year 2000 conference and there is
interest in having the conference in Canada to increase member
participation in both the United States and Canada. Any interested
individual who wants to be involved in organizing the conference,
please contact me before February 1999.
The ABO Bylaws have been
completely rewritten to be consistent with the AAA Bylaws. Thanks
to the members of the ABO Bylaws Committee: Sue Haka (Michigan
State University-Chair), Ken Euske (Naval Post-Graduate School),
Ken Ferris (American Graduate School of Management) and Jane
Kennedy (University of Washington) for their contribution in the
revision of the bylaws. The bylaws were presented at the October
18 ABO Business Meeting in Orlando. The officers discussed the
bylaws, made minor changes and recommended that it be published in
the Winter 1999 issue of the Newsletter for review by all members.
A ballot will be included in the Summer issue of the Newsletter.
Please review the bylaws and if you have questions feel free to
contact the Chair of the Committee, Sue Haka or myself.
Jake Birnberg (University of
Pittsburgh) is the chair of the Publications Committee. The
committee is currently drafting the first publication guidelines
for both the Journal-BRIA and the Newsletter-ABO
Reporter. These guidelines will be presented at the 1999 ABO
Business meeting at the AAA Annual Meeting in August in San Diego
for approval by the membership. It is expected that the Section
will have publication guidelines that are in compliance with AAA
publication policies and procedures.
The Section is accepting
nominations for the Chair-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer posts.
Mark Haskins, University of Virginia, is Chair of the committee.
The Call for Nominations has been included in this Newsletter.
Your input and participation in the nomination and election
process is important for the success of the Section.
Sandra Vera-Munoz (University of
Notre Dame) is Chair of the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Committee. A call for submission is included in the Newsletter.
Please encourage your students and/or colleagues to submit their
dissertation to Sandra Vera-Munoz to enter the competition.
The ABO Membership Coordinator,
Ron Davidson (Arizona State University-West) is working on a
membership directory based on research interests. The proposal is
to use email addresses to develop the research directory and post
it in the ABO web page. If successful, the directory can be used
by members to share research results and collaborate on future
Stacey Whitecotton (Arizona State
University) is the Section's liaison for the AAA Annual Meeting in
San Diego in August 1999. This year there is a plan to increase
the number of ABO sessions at the national and regional meetings.
To reach this goal, the national and respective regional
coordinators are soliciting paper submissions for presentations at
these conferences. On their behalf, I am encouraging members to
submit papers for consideration for both the national and regional
To better serve the international
members, I have appointed Regional Coordinators for Canada,
European and Asian, and Australia and New Zealand Regions. This
arrangement is similar to that of the United States Regions in
that the international members are grouped by continents rather
than by countries. This format will allow coordinators to work
with more members than in the past.
All indications are that the ABO
Section is progressing well. This is possible thanks to the
continued support of the AAA Executive Committee, Craig Polhemus
and the ABO Board of Trustees: Mary Stone (University of Alabama)
and Andy Bailey (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). I am
very grateful to have their active involvement and support in
conducting the Section activities.