Call for Papers
1st Biennial Symposium on Accounting Ethics - Accounting Ethics and Tone at the Top

April 18 - 20, 2013, Toronto, Canada

The Centre for Accounting Ethics at the University of Waterloo is pleased to announce its 1st biennial Symposium to be held in Toronto, Canada on the theme of Accounting Ethics and Tone at the Top.

THEME: The theme of the Symposium is an intentional challenge to the academic accounting ethics discipline. There is a growing literature exploring issues of tone at the top particularly as it impacts governance. An understanding of managerial values and intent goes to the heart of the services the accounting profession provides and this is reflected in at least two distinct streams in the literature. The challenge laid down by this Symposium is to consider tone at the top in its broadest sense; to identify those questions to date unexplored and to investigate the interactions between existing paradigms.

The Centre for Accounting Ethics is very pleased that papers from this Symposium will be considered for a Special Issue of the Journal of Business Ethics. The Symposium and Special Issue invites papers reflecting a full range of methodologies. It seeks papers that explore questions that have yet to be addressed and urges scholars to consider the interaction of the existing streams and whether this in turn can take the literature in new directions. For examples of questions that might be considered, please go to the websites listed below. Although papers on the theme of the Symposium will be given preference, papers on other relevant accounting ethics topics will also be considered. Both private sector and public sector issues are of interest.

SPECIAL ISSUE: Subject to editorial review and approval, accepted research papers with discussants' comments will be considered for publication in a Special Issue of the Journal of Business Ethics (JBE) guest edited by Sally Gunz (University of Waterloo Centre for Accounting Ethics) and Linda Thorne (Schulich School of Business, York University). Travel grants will be provided to one author of each accepted paper and all discussants.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Submission deadline is January 15, 2013: Submitted papers will be subject to blind peer review by academics and practitioners. Authors must adhere to the editorial style of the Journal of Business Ethics at the following link:

Please submit an electronic copy of the paper through the Journal of Business Ethics submission website by selecting the "SI Waterloo Symposium" from the list of available article types.

Notice of acceptance for the Symposium will be sent by February 20, 2013. Papers accepted for presentation subject to revision must be revised by March 15, 2013.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For more details, please visit: or contact Linda Robinson, Director, Centre for Accounting Ethics; Tel: (519) 888-4567 ext. 36995; Email: or the Journal site at:

Posted 9/5/12