The Doctoral Summer Program in Accounting Research (SPAR) is organized jointly by WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich School of Management. It introduces PhD students to theoretical, methodological, and practical issues involved in conducting high-quality financial accounting research.
The 8th SPAR focuses on current issues in empirical financial reporting research, such as financial reporting and the cost of capital, fair value accounting, comparative international financial reporting, narrative information in financial markets (textual analysis), and the role of research for accounting standard setting. Throughout the seminar, participants will be working and discussing their doctoral work with SPAR faculty and WHU accounting faculty. On the last day, participants will have a choice between two workshops on empirical methods, one covering econometric issues and how to address them using the statistical package STATA, the other dealing with data exploration and visualization using Tableau.
As one important aspect of the SPAR program, the participants will receive feedback in individual, face-to-face sessions from the faculty on their own doctoral research projects. Finally, there will of course also be ample opportunity to socialize and network.