11th ENROAC Conference, Naples (Italy)

The 11th ENROAC conference (from 29th to 30th June, 2017) was expertly hosted by our friends at the University of Naples “Federico II”.

As always we wish to thank our conference sponsors for their very kind support and financial donations. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) have contributed funds towards every ENROAC conference since the inaugural ‘Manchester doo’ in 1999 – we can’t thank CIMA enough for their unfailing generosity and support over the years. Also, this year we would sincerely like to thank the sponsorship of: Accademia Italiana di Economia Aziendale, Automobile Club Napoli, Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Napoli, Banca Popolare del Mediterraneo, Carprisa (Pianoforte Group), CIMA, the “Department of Economics, Management and Insititutions”, Marianna Guerriero, Liverini, Publievent, Società Italiana dei Docenti di Ragioneria e di Economia Aziendale, and the University of Naples “Federico II”.

The main conference theme was “The contribution of management accounting to effective risk management”, and we were treated to the usual and excellent mix of academic and practitioner keynote speakers. They were: Gillian Lees (CIMA), Keith Smith (Institute of Risk Management), Ferdinando Cutino (European Central Bank), Alberto Quagli (University of Genoa), and Anette Mikes (HEC, Lausanne). Their knowledge and shared insights on various aspects of the risk management challenge was both fascinating and intriguing. We’re most grateful for their time and considerable effort.

At the close of Day 1 – traditionally the “Practitioner’s Day” at ENROAC conferences, where we ensure to keep discussions relevant to both practitioners and academics – we enjoyed an excellent Round Table discussion. For this penetrating hour’s debate, we are thankful for the contributions of: Mark Beasley (North Carolina State University), Paolo Zamparelli (Ernst & Young), Daniele Catauro (Danaher Corporation), Antonello Cioffi and Aura Paraschivescu (CIRA).

Day 2 of this year’s conference consisted of the usual banter-filled, friendly-but-meaningful critique in the parallel sessions for academic papers. As is consistently the case at ENROAC conferences, discussants raised their game, assured some things to think about for the presenters, and incited curiosity and some inquisition from around the audiences.

ENROAC is a network that began simply as an email distribution list in 1998, where around 15 scholars across Europe exchanged (via email) ideas and thought on multiple issues pertaining to accounting and its interconnections with organisational change processes. Some of those 15 or so original contributors still regularly attend the bi-annual conference. And, many others have since joined the fun! Also, our bi-annual gathering benefits from the growing alumni of ENROAC’s doctoral summer schools (always held in the intermittent 2 years, in beautiful Siena of Italy).

What this all makes for is a two-yearly come together of close European (and, indeed, now global) academic colleagues and friends who, while challenging each other in presentations and debate of different academic works, also enjoy each other’s company and always look forward to the next time! The next ENROAC conference, for the 3rd occasion being held jointly with the Management Control Association (MCA), a closely connected research group with overlapping memberships, will be held at Roehampton University, London in June 2019. We hope you can join us!