Business researchers honored at national accounting conference

From left to right: Markus Arnold, committee chair of the 2024 Management Accounting Section (MAS) Midyear Meeting; award recipients Ryan Sommerfeldt, assistant professor of accounting, and Adam Bross, doctoral student in accounting; and Khim Kelly, president of the Management Accounting Section.”

Accounting researchers from Washington State University’s Carson College of Business received honors at the American Accounting Association’s Management Accounting Section Midyear Meeting, held Jan. 4-6, 2024, at the University of Central Florida.

Ryan Sommerfeldt, assistant professor of accounting, and Adam Bross, doctoral student in accounting, were awarded “Outstanding Paper of the Year” for their work, “Whose Job Is It Anyway? The Effect of the Review Process on Employee Performance.”

Their research explores the impact of work product review processes and employee performance, focusing on the roles of reviewer rank and style. This study’s insights could significantly boost organizational productivity and efficiency.

“It is an honor to be recognized for this award among so many other exceptional submissions to the conference,” said Sommerfeldt. “I am especially grateful to share this accomplishment with my outstanding co-author and PhD student, Adam Bross. We appreciate the support from the Carson College of Business and the Institute of Management Accountants and are excited about our research’s potential impact in both academia and in practical.”

This award, given to research that expands accounting knowledge and offers practical insights for business practice transformation, recognizes the study as influential and impactful in both academic and industry circles.

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