February 13, 2012
Bertrand Malsch, PhD, MBA and Assistant Professor with the Department of Accounting Studies, came out on top in a field of 25 dissertations to win a Highly Commended Award in the interdisciplinary research in accounting category of the Emerald - EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research. As part of the award he has been invited to publish one of his papers in the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal.
The special mention was awarded by the Emerald Group, which produces some 200 English-language scientific and professional publications, and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), (EFMD), in recognition of the excellence and multidisciplinarity of Professor Malsch’s doctoral research. The dissertation, entitled “Trois essais sur les formes contemporaines du pouvoir politique, social et économique de l’expertise”, is divided into three papers examining the dynamics of power in the field of accounting. The first paper deals with the actions of large accounting firms in terms of social and environmental accountability. The second looks at small shareholder activism and emphasizes the need for more democracy in the business sphere. And the third paper describes the mechanisms of institutional change that have prompted the emergence of a more commercial approach in the accounting services industry.
Professor Malsch also received a Highly Commended mention for the Mary Parker Follett Award for his article entitled "Investigating Interdisciplinary Translations: The Influence of Pierre Bourdieu on Accounting Literature". He received this distinction from the Editorial Board of the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, which published the article in 2011.