8th WHU Doctoral Summer Program in Accounting Research

Conference dates

28 Jul 2019 - 01 Aug 2019


WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management; Vallendar, Germany


The Doctoral Summer Program in Accounting Research (SPAR) introduces PhD students to theoretical, methodological, and practical issues involved in conducting high-quality financial accounting research.

The 8th SPAR focuses on current issues in empirical financial reporting research, such as financial reporting and the cost of capital, fair value accounting, comparative international financial reporting, narrative information in financial markets (textual analysis), and the role of research for accounting standard setting. Throughout the seminar, participants will be working and discussing their doctoral work with SPAR faculty and WHU accounting faculty. On the last day, participants will have a choice between two workshops on empirical methods, one covering econometric issues and how to address them using the statistical package STATA, the other dealing with data exploration and visualization using Tableau.

As one important aspect of the SPAR program, the participants will receive feedback in individual, face-to-face sessions from the faculty on their own doctoral research projects. Finally, there will of course also be ample opportunity to socialize and network.

For detailed Information please visit: www.whu.edu/accounting

Additional Information

Prof. Mary E. Barth, PhD, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, USA
Prof. Dr. Igor Goncharov, Lancaster University Management School, UK
Prof. Dr. Sven Hayn, Ernst & Young, Germany
Dr. Tobias Keller, Zero.One.Data, Germany
Prof. Wayne R. Landsman, PhD, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Prof. Steven Young, PhD, Lancaster University Management School, U.K.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Barckow, President, Accounting Standards Committee of Germany, Berlin, Germany

Application process and other practicalities:
The program will be conducted in English. To ensure an effective learning environment, the number of participants is limited. Interested doctoral students are asked to submit their application in electronic form to accounting@whu.edu by May 20, 2019.

Applications should include:
•A brief curriculum vitae (1-2 pages) indicating previous undergraduate and graduate coursework in accounting, finance and empirical methods; and
•a brief outline (2-3 pages) of the doctoral research being pursued.

Applicants will be informed about admission decisions by May 31, 2019.

There is a participation fee of € 250 that covers course materials, lunches, catering during class hours, and the Monday and Wednesday night dinners. Other costs have to be borne individually by the participants, but WHU will help participants obtain inexpensive accomodation close to Campus.

Assignments and ECTS
A detailed syllabus and reading list will be distributed to participants by May 31, 2019. Participants are expected to read the assigned materials and prepare the following assignments for the seminar:
•a discussion of one of the papers from the reading reading list (you will be expected to do a 20-30 min. presentation, jointly with another participant); and
•a written review of an unpublished paper (2 pages).
The assignments will be described in more detail in the syllabus which will be mailed to the participants by the end of May.
Successful participation in the program will earn 6 ECTS credits from the WHU doctoral program.