Given the rapidly changing global situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and associated restrictions to travel and large gatherings, it is with great disappointment that we are cancelling the Global Management Accounting Research Symposium (GMARS) 2020 in Sydney, Australia.

Please note that any registration fees will be refunded, and any room reservations made under this conference will be automatically cancelled by the hotel.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

GMARS 2021 will be hosted by Copenhagen Business School, with GMARS 2022 returning to Sydney. Please keep safe and we look forward to seeing you at a future GMARS!



GMARS aims to promote a ‘global village’ of management accounting research by bringing together a diverse set of the highest quality research papers, plenary speakers and researchers from around the world. It provides an important intellectual space to appreciate and understand the theoretical perspectives and research methods that are used to study management accounting practices. GMARS is held annually, rotating around the world between the partner institutions – UNSW Sydney, Copenhagen Business School and Michigan State University.


Preliminary Program

Time Description
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Registration & Cocktail Reception

(Venue: Harbour Room, Intercontinental Sydney)

Time Description


(Venue: Fort Macquarie Room, Intercontinental Sydney)

8.30am Conference Welcome
8.40am Plenary 1
9.40am Change-over break
9.45am Parallel 1
11.15am Morning Tea
11.45am Emerging Scholars Session
12.45pm Lunch
2.00pm Parallel 3
3.30pm Afternoon tea
4.00pm Parallel 4
5.30pm Finish Day 1
6.00pm - 10.00pm

Conference Dinner

(Venue: Fort Macquarie Room, Intercontinental Sydney)

Time Description


(Venue: Fort Macquarie Room, Intercontinental Sydney)

8.30am Housekeeping
8.40am Plenary 2
9.40am Change-over break
9.45am Parallel 5
11.15am Morning Tea
11.45am Emerging Scholars Session
12.45pm Lunch
2.00pm Parallel 7
3.30pm Afternoon tea
4.00pm Plenary 3
5.00pm Symposium close

Registration & Paper Submissions


Early bird registration is open until 1 May 2020 and deadline is 8 June 2020

Conference fee is AUD595 (incl. GST) for early bird registration, after 1 May 2020 full registration fee of $695 (inc. GST) applies. 

Emerging Scholars are encouraged to apply for the Emerging Scholars Colloquium which runs in conjunction with GMARS 2020 on 17 June 2020, as well as dedicated emerging scholars session that will run as part of the main conference. You can find out more about these emerging scholar opportunities under the ‘Emerging Scholars’ page.

Paper Submission

Papers to be submitted by 31 January 2020. Successful presenters will be informed by 6 March 2020

Conference fee includes:

  • Welcome reception on 17 June 2020
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea on 18-19 June 2020
  • Conference dinner on 18 June 2020


Accommodation & Travel


A preferential rate of AUD275.00 (excl. GST) per room per night at the Intercontinental Sydney will be offered for the following dates: Tuesday, 16 June to Friday, 19 June 2020 (inclusive)

To access this exclusive offer for GMARS conference participants, please click on this unique online booking link for individual reservations.

Travel Information

The Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport is about 12km from Sydney CBD, available public transportation to reach the hotel are as follows:

  • Taxi: About 20 minutes (depending on traffic condition) and cost AU$45-65
  • Airport shuttle: Up to 60 minutes, this can be booked online and cost from AU$18
  • Towncar: About 20 minutes, chauffeur driven hire car can be booked online and cost AU$110-160
  • Uber: About 20 minutes (depending on traffic condition), cost about AU$35-55
  • Light Rail - Direct service to Circular Quay, cost $19.40

Emerging Scholars

The Emerging Scholars Forum will be held at the UNSW CBD Campus, 1 O’Connell Street, Level 6, Sydney, Australia, 17 June 2020

The purpose of the forum is to provide MPhil students, doctoral students and recent PhDs in management accounting with useful feedback on their dissertation and on issues relating to a career in accounting academia. Participants in the Emerging Scholars Forum will be given an opportunity to present a brief overview of their dissertation topic (10-15 minutes presentation), followed by 30-35 minutes of active and constructive discussion from the floor.

  • Participants in the early stage of the PhD program may elect to 'audit' the Forum (that is, no presentation is required by early stage scholars). Each session will be attended by a number of senior faculty members as well as other doctoral students.

    Senior faculty members for 2020 will include:

    • Mandy Cheng, UNSW Sydney
    • Kerry Humphreys, UNSW Sydney
    • Jan Mouritsen, Copenhagen Business School
    • Clara Chen, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    • David Smith, University of Queensland
    • Crawford Spence, King’s College London

    The Emerging Scholars Forum is open to all MPhil students, doctoral students and recent PhDs in management accounting, who are nominated by their Head of Department. The registration fee is AU$595 (early bird rate) for the Emerging Scholars Forum and the GMARS Conference. Forum participants need to arrange their own accommodation and transportation.

Application Process

To APPLY for the forum, please complete the Nomination Form using the link below. Please note that the deadline is 31 January 2020. Notification of acceptance decisions will be emailed on 6 March 2020. If you have any questions, please email Dr Yee Shih Phua.


To REGISTER for the Forum (and GMARS Conference), please complete the Registration Form using the link below. The early bird registration fee before May 1st, 2020 is $595. After this date, registration will be $695. Registration fee is inclusive of the Forum, Welcome Reception, Symposium and the Dinner.

Principal Partners


ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA supports its 219,000 members and 527,000 future members in 179 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 110 offices and centres and 7,571 Approved Employers worldwide, and 328 approved learning providers who provide high standards of learning and development.

Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

ACCA has introduced major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.

Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability.

For more information, please visit ACCA website.

Supporting Partners

Contact Us

For information or assistance on GMARS in 2020, please contact:

School of Accounting
UNSW Business School
UNSW Sydney NSW 2052