CALL FOR PAPERS | Conference on Qualitative Accounting Research from a China perspective

2024-01-31 11:59 PM


This conference aims to give voice to accounting and auditing research in China adopting qualitative methods of research. This conference provides scholars of the qualitative and interdisciplinary paradigms with an opportunity to assemble in a single location to not only disseminate their research, but to share, collaborate and build communities with other like-minded scholars. Overall, this conference provides an opportunity to develop a community of accounting scholars dedicated to the emerging paradigm of qualitative accounting research in China.

This conference does not narrow submissions to particular topics but to invite research on any topic delving into the socio-economic and historical aspects of accounting and auditing practice in China. Qualitative approaches to research are strongly encouraged.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • research that critically evaluates the state of accounting research in China and its limitations
  • publication practices or patterns between Chinese language and/or English language accounting research journals and personal experiences in the publication and review process of accounting research journals
  • the internationalisation of Chinese universities and the implications for research in accounting
  • accounting research informed by Chinese philosophical underpinnings (e.g. Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism) as an alternative to the traditional theories of positive accounting that stems mostly from the agency concept
  • research examining the development of accounting and auditing practice (and research) from a social, cultural, or historical perspective
  • the impact of institutional policy on academic accounting research
  • and/or the impact of accounting research on public policy and practice in China.

Keynote speaker

Jing Li,

Associate Dean (R&I)/Reader, School of Management, University of Bradford, UK

Jing's research interests include accounting for intellectual capital from both the management accounting and corporate reporting's perspectives. Particularly the determinants and effects of intellectual capital reporting on voluntary disclosure (including Corporate Social Responsibility), corporate governance, financial accounting and different IFRSs. Jing also has interests in accounting reporting quality, performance attributions, financial literacy and the application of big data and artificial intelligence in accounting and finance.

Format of the Conference

The conference will be held in  ‘blended’ format ― onsite and online participations. We encourage participants to join the conference in-person but for those who cannot attend onsite, we will host online presentations.

Submissions and Participation Registration

The submission of your paper and registration of interest to attend  the conference are outlined below in three distinct steps:

Step 1: Full papers written in English or extended abstracts with detailed description of data, research design, main results, and contributions may be submitted to: Preference will be given to full papers but abstracts are also welcomed.

Step 2: A select number of papers may be selected to be discussed. Presenters as well other attendees may be requested to serve as discussants and provide comments on no more than one paper.

Step 3: Please register your interest in the conference by completing the form registration via the link:

Important dates and deadlines

31 January 2024: Deadline for submissions
18 February 2024: Authors will be notified of acceptance after this date
21 February 2024: Register of Interest closes
25 February 2024: Payment for the conference closes
8 March 2024: Welcome reception & registration
9 March 2024: Conference

Registration fee (detailed payment methods will be informed via email after successful registration)


  • Student participants: RMB 600
  • Non-student participants: RMB 1,000


  • All online participants: RMB 600

Conference organising committee:

Chair: Steven Dellaportas, Professor of Accounting

Jie Zhang, Associate Professor of Accounting

Shi-Min How, Associate Professor of Accounting

Xiangyun Lu, Assistant Professor

Jin Jiang, Assistant Professor

Special issue

The conference supports the Special issue in Meditari Accountancy Research (ABDC – A)  ― led by staff of the Department of Accounting, IBSS, XJTLU: Qualitative Accounting Research from a Chinese perspective | Emerald Publishing.

Participation in the conference is not a condition for the submission to the special issue but participating in this conference will provide participants with the opportunity to receive feedback on their research and to engage with members of the special issue editorial panel.

The conference combined with the special issue is expected to provide scholars with an opportunity to produce, develop and ultimately publish their research using qualitative/interdisciplinary methodologies from a Chinese perspective, that may otherwise struggle to find a natural outlet.

Important dates for the special issue:

Paper submission opens: 30-March-2024

Deadline for submissions: 30-June-2024

Special issue publication date: Mid-2025

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