well I have made it to Glasgow after a short trip to Scotland’s capital! It is a little known fact that this Canadian is one half Scottish on me mom’s side so I feel right at home here!
It will be interesting to get a sense of where European accounting research is 20 years after my first visit when the meeting was held in Birmingham ! One thing for certain is that much has changed!
However One thing that bothers me is that without discusants on the vast majority of papers, young scholars get very little feedback from presenting here! Why? The review system is designed to separate the wheat from the chafe by having a relatively centralized scientific committee where each member I am told evaluates 30 to 50 papers!
That by necessity results in little feedback besides the four fold classification of paper with discussant, presentation with question time, presentation in a set of five papers or research forum! While this system has the advantage of maximizing participation it minimizes feedback received! For at most conferences the only hope for feedback for the submitter comes from when the discussant is a more senior faculty member who works in the area or a better trained junior faculty member or advanced PHD student!
Perhaps the EAA should have special sessions where European junior faculty and doctoral students get feedback from senior faculty! In any case I urge the EAA to take some concert steps to find a way to turn the Conference into a better learning and development opportunity for young European scholars – just a thought!