Swiss Winter Accounting Conference 2018

February 6 - 8, 2018

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Join us for our accounting conference in the Jungfrau region, one of the top winter sports resorts of Switzerland at the foot of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

The Swiss Winter Accounting Conference invites accounting scholars from across Europe to Grindelwald for two days of academic presentations, networking and outdoor recreation (skiing, sledding, snowboarding, snowshoeing) in a fantastic environment.

The scientific program will consist of plenary presentations and discussions of selected papers.

The Swiss Winter Accounting Conference is organized by the Managerial Accounting Section of the Institute for Accounting at the University of Bern.

We invite submissions of papers analyzing issues in Management Accounting, Management Control, and Managerial Decision Making. Paper should use a quantitative empirical method (archival, experimental or survey).

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Performance management and incentives
  • Target setting and target management
  • Planning and budgeting
  • Organizational design and management control systems
  • Transfer pricing
  • Executive compensation
  • Governance and control of interfirm relationships
  • Earnings and revenue management
  • Accounting information facilitating effective decision making

Paper submissions:

Submission deadline is September 15, 2017.
Please submit papers to Acceptance of papers will be announced one month later.

Registration deadline for the conference is November 30, 2017.

Please note: attendance at the conference is by invitation only.
Date Time Program
Tuesday, 06.02.2018 6:30p.m. Welcome reception and dinner
Wednesday, 07.02.2018 7:00a.m.- 8:00a.m. Breakfast
  8:00a.m.- 9:30a.m.  Session 1

Moderator: Markus C. Arnold

The Learning Effects of Targets
Authors: Jan Bouwens (University of Cambridge), Christian Hofmann (LMU Munich), Nina Kühne (LMU Munich)
Discussant: Henri Dekker (Free University of Amsterdam)

    Identifying Talent: An Exploratory Investigation of Explicit Potential Assessment
Authors: Isabella Grabner (Maastricht University), Judith Künnecke (Maastricht University), Frank Moers (Maastricht University)
Discussant: Martin Artz (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management)
  10:00a.m.- 4:00p.m. Skiing or other outdoor recreation
  5:00p.m.- 6:30p.m. Session 2

Moderator: Christoph J. Sextroh

Do Risk Disclosures Matter When It Counts? Evidence from the Swiss Franc Shock
Authors: Luzi Hail (University of Pennsylvania), Maximilian Muhn (HU Berlin), David Oesch (University of Zurich
Discussant: Holger Daske (University of Mannheim)

    Expectation accuracy, sticky costs and slippery prices
Authors: Kira Hoffmann (Copenhagen Business School), Matthias Mahlendorf (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management), Kim Petterson (Copenhagen Business School)
Discussant: Peter Kroos (University of Amsterdam)
  7:00p.m. Dinner
Thursday, 08.02.2018 7:00a.m.- 8:00a.m. Breakfast
  8:00a.m.- 9:30a.m. Session 3

Moderator: Michael Burkert

Rejections, Incentives, and Employee Creativity: When Chocolate Is Better Than Cash
Authors: Eddy Cardinaels (KU Leuven), Bart Dierynck (Tilburg University), Wenqian Hu (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Discussant: Markus Arnold (University of Bern)

    The Effect of Telecommuting on Employee Behavior
Authors: Alexander Brüggen (Maastricht University), Christoph Feichter (Maastricht University), Katlijn Haesebrouck (Maastricht University)
Discussant: Sofia M. Morais Lourenço (Lisbon School of Economics & Management)
  10:00a.m.- 4:00p.m. Skiing or other outdoor recreation
  5:00p.m.- 6:30p.m. Après-Ski
  7:00p.m. Dinner
Friday, 09.02.2018   Departure or another skiing day

The Swiss Winter Accounting Conference will take place at the Hotel Sunstar Alpine Grindelwald.

Registration fee of CHF 350.- includes access to accepted papers, dinner on all three evenings at the hotel and a two-day ski pass for the Jungfrau region.

In addition, there will be an accommodation fee for three nights. Participants of our conference enjoy special rates (single room CHF196.70, double room CHF176.70 per person, per night; including breakfast and access to the wellness facilities). It is mandatory for the participants to stay at the conference hotel Sunstar Alpine Grindelwald. We will make hotel reservation for all participants from February 6 to 9, 2018.

Should you have any questions regarding your registration, please contact us by email ( Registration deadline is November 30, 2017.

Location Hotel

Sunstar Alpine Hotel Grindelwald
Dorfstrasse 168
3818 Grindelwald

The conference hotel "Sunstar Alpine" is located in beautiful Grindelwald around 2 hours away from Bern airport by train and around 3 hours away from the airports Zürich, Basel and Geneva.

  • Zürich airport: Largest airport in Switzerland. Frequent and direct connections to all major cities and capitals in Europe. Direct trains from Zürich airport to all major cities in Switzerland.
  • Geneva airport: Frequent and direct connections to all major cities in Europe. Direct trains from Geneva airport to all major cities in Switzerland.
  • Basel airport: Direct connections to major cities in Europe. The airport bus line (NFB 50) frequently operates (approx. every 15 minutes) between Basel airport and Basel train station. Direct trains from Basel train station to all major cities in Switzerland.
  • Bern airport: Small regional airport. Direct connections only to few cities in Europe (e.g. Amsterdam, Cologne/Bonn, Vienna). The airport bus line (NFB 334) frequently operates (approx. every half hour) between Bern airport and Bern train station. Direct trains from Bern train station to all major cities in Switzerland.

Frequent train service (every hour to half hour) to Grindelwald is available from all major cities in Switzerland (Bern/Zürich/Basel/Geneva). Take the express train to Interlaken Ost (terminal stop) via Bern. The train from Interlaken into the center of Grindelwald runs every half hour and takes approx. 35 minutes.