Each year, hundreds of accounting doctoral students attend doctoral consortia (DC) sponsored by universities and academic organizations. This chapter reports results of a survey of consortium attendees and analysis of related consortium programs. The authors seek a better understanding of the benefits attendees perceive from these consortia, the content attendees found most valuable, and whether these consortia appear to achieve the goals of the sponsoring organizations.
Survey results show that participants perceive significant benefits from consortium activities related to research, networking, and career management. Respondents did not find their consortium experience helpful on teaching-related dimensions; however, their comments suggest a desire for additional teaching coverage. The authors make recommendations to planners of accounting DC and leadership of the American Accounting Association (AAA), a major consortium sponsor, intended first to address respondents’ desire for additional teaching coverage. Second, the authors highlight opportunities to link doctoral education to AAA’s strategic initiatives and its vision to provide global thought leadership in accounting.
We thank Mary Barth, David Boynton, Beth Kern, Lillian Mills, Timothy Rupert, David Stout, Teri Yohn, two anonymous reviewers, and Editor Thomas Calderon for their suggestions, assistance, and feedback on this study.
Christensen, A.L. and Rhoades-Catanach, S.C. (2019), "Enhancing the Benefits of Accounting Doctoral Consortia", Calderon, T.G. (Ed.) Advances in Accounting Education: Teaching and Curriculum Innovations (Advances in Accounting Education, Vol. 23), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 3-28. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1085-462220190000023001
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