Got an invite the other day to write a post on another blog – the EAA Accounting Research Center (http://arc.eaa-online.org) blog. The EAA ARC is designed to help strengthen the experience of European doctoral students and programs. The mission is:
Motivated by the EAA’s key priority of stimulating the research productivity of doctoral students and junior faculty, our goal is for the Accounting Research Center (ARC) to develop into the EAA’s one-stop location for research resources and networking opportunities relevant for emerging scholars and others interested in accounting research.
However, the site attempts to be many things and I will have to spend more time then I have right now to figure out what is going on in it. But one comment based on a quick read: The point of a blog entry is to get in, make a short and to the point insight about an issue – hopefully memorable – not to write an essay, mini-thesis etc. Hats off for effort to the organizers and the EAA. When I get the time to understand it better, I will contribute. Until then, enjoy the referrals from MOREbySteve.
So somewhat surprisingly after my last adventures at the American New Faculty Consortium (see my old CAReditorsteve blog for posts about that adventure) I received an invite last fall to be a “Senior Faculty” Leader at the American Accounting Association’s New Faculty Consortium. Here, every AACSB accredited university program can send a new faculty member to get “indoctrinated” into the world of being a faculty member – US style.
My last visit was somewhat controversial as I took on the myth that all new faculty are created equal. I asked: do you really believe a Wharton new faculty member who graduated from Stanford has the same set of issues and challenges that a Mississippi State faculty member has who graduated from Jackson State? Yet this was the rhetoric at Consortium – “all men are created equal” aka as in the US Constitution (leaves out a few groups but . . . . ).
I advocated that faculty had to figure out what their strategy was if their main job was not (as the Wharton/Michigan/Stanford new faculty job is) to teach their one preparation in one term at the MBA level and get their five to eight top 3 (or maybe top 4 or 5 or 6 if you are lucky) journal papers published in the next five years. Well, as you might guess, I was not invited back the next year!!!!
So stay tuned, and we will see if anything has changed. The program has a reduced set of voices in the plenary setting (I do not get to address the plenary – no surprise there) but has set up greater diversity in the smaller breakout groups. Furthermore, there is some sense of realism in the program that did not exist a decade ago. So . . . . .
After 30 plus years in this business I am rarely surprised at anything I hear about anymore. But the fact that Disney Research (a division of the Disney TV and Movie and Theme Park company) has a behavioral economics research program as well as a social psychology research program floored me. Apparently Disney Research both hires researchers directly and engages in contract research with all sorts of academics – including social psyhologists and behavioral economists! And that does not sound too Mickey Mouse to me!!!! Maybe a little Goofy!! But what do I know living up North in a Snow White world!!! Okay enough puns for today.