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Inaugural workshop on Accounting as a Social and Organizational Practice

15th Feb 2018 9:00am - 16th Feb 2018 5:00pm

This workshop aims to be a signature forum that deepens and widens our knowledge of how accounting operates in organizations and societies. Accounting is a calculative practice that penetrates the contemporary world in a myriad of diverse ways – from public rankings calling schools and hospitals to account, to new forms of integrated reporting, fair value accounting, cost and risk management. Today, not only is the financialization of daily life widespread but data sciences offer the prospect of continuous auditing and performance monitoring.

The workshop will feature 10 - 12 paper presentations and one plenary session. There will be no discussants. To maximise participation from all, papers will be circulated prior. We are pleased to announce that the inaugural plenary will be given by Professor Christopher Chapman from the University of Bristol.

The workshop is limited to 50 participants. This format seeks to ensure that presenters will receive informed and constructive feedback as the workshop is a collaborative space for new ideas to emerge and grow. There is no fee for the workshop, but all attendees are to arrange their own travel and accommodation.

The deadline for registration is December 1, 2017.

Prospective participants are encouraged to register early given the limited number of places available. Places will be available on a first come first serve basis.


Date: 15 - 16 February, 2018
Time: Thursday - 9.00am - 5.00pm & Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: ABS Case Study Lecture Theatre 1050
Level 1, Abercrombie Building (H70)
The University of Sydney Business School

Accommodation and transport information

Call for papers

You are invited to submit papers for ASOP 2018. Papers should address substantive, methodological or theoretical topics in the study of accounting as a social and organizational practice. Papers may employ a diverse range of methodologies and research methods. They may or may not contain empirical material.  

We will be grouping two papers into a single 90 minute session. Authors will have 20 minutes to present their work, followed by open discussion. We plan to accept 12-15 papers.

Authors of papers accepted for the workshop are encouraged to submit their papers to ABACUS post the workshop.  Papers will be subject to an expeditious review process.  Papers must be submitted to ABACUS by May 31st 2018.  A special issue/section of ABACUS for accepted workshop papers is planned for the end of 2018. The guest editors will be Professor Wai Fong Chua and Associate Professor Maria Cadiz Dyball.

Submission format

Submissions should include the following:  

  1. The title of the paper
  2. The name(s) and affiliation of author(s) and contact information of the corresponding author (email address, postal address and telephone number).
  3. For multi-author papers, please underline the presenting author(s).
  4. An abstract not exceeding 250 words.
  5. Full references
  6. Any acknowledgements

Authors interested in submitting their papers to ABACUS after the workshop should follow the ABACUS style guide

About the speaker

Christopher ChapmanProfessor Christopher Chapman

Chris Chapman is a Professor of Management Accounting at the University of Bristol.

Chris is an editor of Accounting, Organizations and Society, and is the President of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management.

He gained his degrees from the London School of Economics, and prior to joining the University of Bristol, Chris was Professor at the University of Oxford, Imperial College London and Copenhagen Business School.

Having previously researched the ways in which people work to make accounting relevant to operational decision making in a variety of contexts, including restaurants and professional service firms, Chris's current research focuses on the design of cost systems for healthcare providers.


Questions about the academic program and paper submission should be directed to Wai Fong Chua.

General enquiries should be directed to Kate Doyle.