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Current Topics in Accounting

Course code
Course type
MSc Course
Weekly Hours
FS 2019
Prof. Dr. Martin Glaum, Prof. Dr. Andreas Barckow
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.

This course aims at providing insights into current topics that are academically interesting and practically relevant for company managers, auditors or standard setters by exposing you to recent issues and the corresponding research in the area of financial accounting and reporting.

Since the course structure is similar to a seminar, another objective of this course is to introduce you to academic writing in general and the area of financial reporting in particular. It gives you the opportunity to focus in detail on a specific area in financial reporting, while teaching you the fundamentals of scientific studies in this field. Gaining skills and experience in conducting research will equip you with essential expertise for your subsequent Master thesis.

A further benefit of the course is that you will train your presentation skills, an important competency for executives and academics alike.

Date Time
Thursday, 07.03.2019 08:00 - 13:00
Monday, 25.03.2019 11:30 - 18:45
Monday, 08.04.2019 13:45 - 17:15
Monday, 08.04.2019 17:15 - 18:45
Tuesday, 09.04.2019 08:00 - 15:15
  • Introduction to academic research
  • Academic writing
  • Improved presentation skills
The relevant literature depends on the chosen topic and will be announced in class.
Group work

Written seminar paper


After the kick-off meeting, all students will will work in small groups on their respective topic and prepare a presentation and a summary report.

Summary-report: (50%)

Your paper should have about 3,000-3,500 words; in normal formatting this should roughly equal 8 to 10 pages.

Group presentation: (50%)

For your presentations, you should prepare no more than 12 Powerpoint slides.The presentations will take between 30 and 45 minutes, followed by a discussion which will take further 15 to 30 minutes, again depending on the number of participants.

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