Call for Papers
Accounting Conference at Temple University

August 8-10, 2013, Philadelphia, PA

Conference Theme: Cost Behavior, Earnings Forecasts and Earnings Management

The Accounting Conference at Temple this year aims to bring together accounting scholars interested in cost behavior, earnings forecasts and earnings management (including implications for real earnings management) to discuss a small number of innovative and thought provoking research papers. Because earnings are directly affected by costs, better understanding of cost behavior plays a vital role in understanding and forecasting the behavior of the earnings time series. Recognizing the link between costs and earnings behavior, the conference focuses on the confluence of financial and managerial accounting in studying new ways of forecasting earnings, detecting earnings manipulation and gaining broader insight into the time-series properties of earnings and analysts' earnings forecasts. The conference will take place on August 8-10, 2013, at the Fox School of Business of Temple University in Philadelphia. Leading accounting researchers and business executives in the field will be featured as keynote speakers in plenary talks and panel discussions. The conference is hosted by the Merves Center for Accounting and Information Technology and the Accounting Department at the Fox School of Business and supported by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), U.K.

OVERVIEW: The goal of the conference is to explore state-of-the-art industry practices in understanding, managing and predicting cost behavior and its implications for financial performance analysis, and to showcase important cutting-edge research by innovative scholars in both management and financial accounting. The first day of the conference will focus on issues of relevance to practice and teaching, and will feature presentations by leading experts from industry and academia on recent innovations, along with discussions of broader issues related to analyzing, managing and forecasting costs and earnings. The next two days of the conference will focus on new research findings in the area. They will feature invited presentations by prominent scholars, including Rajiv Banker, Sudipta Basu, Larry Brown, Ranjani Krishnan, Catherine Schrand, Ross Watts and Dan Weiss, and other studies selected from an open call for papers.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2013. Research papers on related themes, teaching innovations and proposals for panel discussions are welcome. Papers and proposals should be submitted via email to

Posted 2/8/13