Cardiff Business School Events

Interdisciplinary Perspectives On Accounting Conference 2012

11 July 2012 to 13 July 2012

  • LocationCity Hall, City Hall Rd, Cardiff, CF10

The IPA conference is an established forum for research into the social, political and organizational aspects of accounting theory and practice.

The full programme for this event is available


Interdisciplinary accounting research in the UK internationally received a major boost through the launching of the first Interdisciplinary Research on Accounting Conference (IPA) in Manchester in 1985, which brought together accounting researchers with broad social science interests.

The IPA Conference has challenged the image of accounting as a neutral management technique which reflects the narrow theoretical and practical basis of previous accounting research. Over time, the conference has raised broader issues about the way that accounting affects, and is affected by, social, political and economic environments, and has provided a forum for interdisciplinary and critical studies from a variety of theoretical perspectives.

Within international accounting research, the IPA has become established as the central element in the critical accounting movement and an established forum for the interdisciplinary study of accounting which brings together accounting researchers with broad social science interests and researchers from other disciplines such as anthropology, philosophy and political economy.

The IPA rotates on a three year cycle with the Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting Conference (APIRA) and the Critical Perspectives on Accounting Conference (New York, USA). A distinctive feature of the IPA is the thorough review that each paper receives before and during the conference.

All submissions are double-blind reviewed by one or two reviewers. Usually, one of the reviewers acts as a discussant of the paper at the conference. Reviewers and discussants are therefore central to the continuing success of this conference.

The usual format of a paper presentation comprises the presentation of the paper by the discussant (approx. 20 min.), the authors' response (approx. 10 min.) and an open discussion (approx. 15 minutes).