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Top accounting researchers in Dunedin

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Friday, 23 June 2017

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Professor David Lont

Some of the global superstars of accounting research will be in Dunedin next week for a Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance (JAAF) Conference.

Co-hosted by the University of Otago's Department of Accountancy and Finance and the School of Accounting and Finance at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, it is the first time a JAAF conference has been held in New Zealand.

Organiser Professor David Lont said around 90 researchers will be attending the boutique 2017 conference in Dunedin from 25-27 June, covering new research into financial reporting, auditing and finance.

Professor Lont said it is not a large accounting conference by world standards, but it is one of the elite, and Otago is excited to be hosting it. “The Journal and its conference have a strong reputation for attracting top scholars, providing an engaging environment for generating ideas and discussion, and also for fostering emerging talent,” he said.

“We are also excited to build this association with Hong Kong Poly as it allows us to deepen our connections to leading academics from Asia and the USA, many visiting the New Zealand for the first time.”

“We’re expecting some fresh new perspectives and opportunities to emerge from this.”

Some of the top scholars include keynote speaker Professor Jim Ohlson from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, whose work on accounting valuation models won a notable contribution award.

Linda Myers from the University of Tennessee, whose investigations into "earnings strings" or declining earnings numbers will provide insights to the practical implication of her work. This research generated considerable media attention including from The Economist and the New York Times. Her paper went on to win the Financial Accounting and Reporting (FARS) best paper award after being published by JAAF.

The programme consists of a keynote and plenary and concurrent sessions.

Plenary speakers include Martin Lubberink, (Victoria), Dan Wangerin (Michigan State), Qiang Kang, (Florida International), Melissa Lewis‐Western, (Brigham Young), Wenli Huang, (Hong Kong Poly U).

High profile academics include Peter Easton, the University of Notre Dame whose centre seeks to bridge the gap between academia and practice, Ted Christensen, University of Georgia, Thomas Omer, University of Iowa an expert on tax avoidance and financial reporting Irregularities, and Xiao‐Jun Zhang, University of California, Berkeley an expert on financial statement analysis and accounting theory.

Leading magician Jonathan Usher is MC for the welcome on 25 June and thanks to the sponsorship from Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and CPA Australia, local members of the profession will join delegates at Otago Museum.

For further information, contact:

Professor David Lont
Ph 64 3 479 8119
Email david.lont@otago.ac.nz

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