The Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Grenoble is proud and happy to welcome the VIth Financial Reporting Workshop.The event will take place on June 4th and 5th, 2015.
We hope to pursue the cross-cultural fertilization that between Grenoble and Italy have been constant through centuries. During the 19th century, technology-based cultural exchanges supported by famous Grenoble inhabitants were focused on artistic works. Ernest Hébert first was a guest in Roma before he became the director of the Villa Medici. His cousin, Marie-Henri Beyle, better known as Stendhal, felt an overwhelming fascination for Italian art that he experienced a stroke since then coined the Stendhal Syndrome.
Nowadays, half of Grenoble's population is able to claim for Italian roots, but it is also one of the most dynamic and innovative towns in France, thanks to its investments in energy technologies and nanotechnologies. In 2013, Forbes ranked Grenoble as the 5th most inventive town in the world.
Accounting tools as practiced today rely on mathematical and geometrical grounds. The Italian monk, Luca Pacioli, in Summa de arithmetica, geometria, proportioni et proportionalità, formalized the accounting process in analogies with shapes in a geometrical space. In the current race for more efficiency and competitiveness, the complexity of our world has been interpreted as a need for the provision of a bigger quantity of data, with the possibility of a new form of overwhelming supply, hindering or easing the readability of sometimes hidden or invisible items. This raises the following issue: is a new form of a Stendhal Syndrome possible? More specifically, do we have an "overwhelming fascination" with an ever-expanding volume of data? Indeed, the possibility to approach and treat information remains a challenge to current accountants, whether academics or professionals. Lately, "big data" has been considered as a Grail to reach a better understanding of our environment and actors, by seeking patterns, underlying structures, or allowing the specification of algorithms, in the hope to render observable what is transparent to the human eye. Such a quest is also the one of a better capture of uncertainty, and implies that the production of tools may influence the future quality and reliability of the carried information.
While the general theme of the conference will be "Accounting and Technology", the scientific committee suggests some neither exhaustive nor exclusive research paths:
The VIth workshop also ambitions to build on transnational and local specificities, and to reinforce the link between researchers and the field, inviting companies and professionals to join us to express their needs relative to financial or extra-financial information issues. In this perspective, the conference is also open to field topics:
Exceptionally, the VIth FRW will offer a French language track.
The workshop is also welcoming special sessions and calls for applied researches. Special sessions can be organised on specific topics; they should count three papers. If you'd like to organize a special session or provide with an applied research topic, your suggestions are welcome before December 15th.
Should you wish to have a paper considered for presentation at the workshop, please email a 1.000 word abstract or a full paper by 15 February 2015 to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitting authors will be informed of the decision of the Scientific Committee by 15 March 2015. Full papers are expected by 15 May 2015.
Selected conference papers may be published in a joint special issue of La Revue du Financier (for a publication in French or in English) and Financial Reporting (in English).
At the choice of the authors, conference papers might also be considered and have a fast track for publication in an ordinary issue of Financial Reporting and in La Revue du Financier.