Monte Swain, President of the AAA, and Raef Lawson, Chair of
Dr. James Long and Dr. Brian Vansant, faculty members in the School of Accountancy, received the Outstanding Case Award at the American Accounting Association’s (AAA) 2016 Management Accounting Section Meeting held January 6-9, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. They shared the award with two co-authors: Dr. Lasse Mertins of Johns Hopkins University and Dr. DeWayne Searcy, former Director of the Auburn University School of Accountancy. The award is sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and is presented at the mid-year meeting. The winning case is chosen by a committee made up of members of the AAA Management Accounting Section and an IMA representative.
Their case, “Tiger Energy Drinks: Fueling Earnings Management”, provides students with an opportunity to consider: 1) how companies manage earnings, 2) how earnings management affects current and future financial reporting, and 3) the ethical and/or legal implications associated with earnings management.
Dr. James Long
“We had a lot of fun working on this case and hope that it provides students with an engaging introduction to an important ethical issue they will likely encounter numerous times throughout their career,” Dr. Long said.
Dr. Jennifer Mueller-Phillips, Director of the School of Accountancy, notes “What an outstanding accomplishment for Dr. Long and Dr. Vansant. The IMA Case Competition is one of the most (if not the most) highly regarded case competitions. It is a great reflection of the impact our faculty is having on accounting education.”
Congratulations Dr. Long and Dr. Vansant!
Exceptional case research is nothing new for the faculty at Auburn University. In addition to academic research, the School of Accountancy faculty produces high-quality cases to further the study of accounting. According to rankings maintained by Brigham Young University, the School of Accountancy ranks #1 in the world in high-quality educational case research over the last six years with six different faculty members contributing to this ranking, and #3 over the past 20 years, with eight faculty members contributing cases over this time period.