More than 300 educators gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., earlier this month for the mid-year meeting of the Management Accounting Section (MAS) of the American Accounting Association (AAA), where they spent four days discussing the latest issues and research in the field. The meeting offered an excellent opportunity for IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) to share information about its resources for students and educators through the participation of senior staff members Raef Lawson, Ph.D., CMA, CSCA, CPA, CFA, IMA vice president of research & policy and professor-in-residence; and Kip Krumwiede, Ph.D., CMA, CSCA, CPA, IMA director of research.

To kick off the meeting, IMA sponsored the IMA Doctoral Colloquium, a one-day forum held on Thursday, January 3, open for students pursuing doctoral studies. The colloquium featured several small-group breakout sessions and panel discussions, including how to successfully navigate a Ph.D. program. During the colloquium, IMA hosted a luncheon, where Krumwiede spoke about the resources that IMA offers to Ph.D. students, including the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) Scholarship Program, Doctoral Grant Program, and Summer Research Program. Information about all three programs can be found on the IMA website.

The next morning, IMA sponsored a breakfast, where Lawson and Krumwiede led a panel titled, “Best of IMA Thought Leadership in 2018.” They reported on the more than 20% growth in IMA members and CMA candidates over the past year and used IMA thought leadership to demonstrate how IMA programs for faculty and students can help them “find, do, fund, publish, and promote” their research.

Later that day, IMA presented its Best Case Award during the Luncheon and Awards session. The award recognized Gillian Vesty, Albie Brooks, and Michael Taouk for their case, “Lucro Island: Strategic Budgeting.” The team won a $1,000 cash prize, and their case is under consideration in the IMA Educational Case Journal (IECJ®).

Following the award presentation, IMA held a session featuring the Lucro Island case, which is based on a digital gamified simulation enabling students to test their strategic budgeting skills against other players for a suite of hotels on a resort island. Moderated by Krumwiede, the case was presented by co-author Vesty, of RMIT University.

“This meeting once again provided IMA with an opportunity to inform the academic community about the various programs IMA has available to support their research efforts,” said Lawson. “It has been encouraging to witness how recognition of IMA has grown over the years and to see how our support of the academic community is yielding very positive results.”

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