Sustainability and Accounting Research Course

Sep 23, 2024
Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Turku
Aug 24, 2024

Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Turku
Fall 2024: September 23–27, 2024

Target Audience
Ph.D. students interested in the evolution of sustainability accounting research and archival research
designs that address relevant and important uncharted topics. The course is particularly suited for
Ph. D. students interested in topics for thesis research in accounting and sustainability.

Each session will require preparation (pre-reading three-five papers), student participation
(discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the papers), and vigorous debate with the instructor
on research quality, impact, and potential follow-up open research questions. Papers will be
preassigned to students for critique and discussion (or to student groups depending on enrollment).

Performance and grading
Successful completion of the course is based on effective preparation, participation, and the
presentation of a written research pitch on a sustainability and accounting topic on Day 5 that meets
the Faff guidelines (designed to outline a
compelling and succinct argument for a research idea). Students will receive six ECTS by fulfilling
the course requirements, assessed on the basis of preparation, presentation of a written research pitch,
and active participation. No grades are given in the assessment (pass/fail).

Prerequisites and Admittance
Admittance is based on KATAJA’s general guidelines. A maximum of 25 students will be admitted
to the course. There is no course fee. Students are responsible for their travel expenses,
accommodation, and meals.

The application deadline is August 24, 2024, and students will be notified of their acceptance
within a few days after the registration deadline. The application (when accepted) is binding. In case
you have to cancel, please inform us immediately.

Course application form:
Name: Degree:
Contact address: Email:
University: Department:
Year when and where officially accepted as a doctoral student:
Research field/ Subject of the thesis:
The phase of doctoral studies:
Motives for participating in the course:

Please send your application (curriculum vitae and application form) to course coordinator Hannu
Schadewitz in one pdf document with the file name firstname_lastname_sar2024_application. Email:

Instructor Paul A. Griffin, Emeritus Distinguished Professor, University of California, Davis. Email:
Course assistant/tutor Dr. Anila Kiran, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku. E-Mail:

Griffin has published over 80 articles in leading accounting and finance journals, five research
monographs for the Financial Accounting Standards Board, and two case books on U.S. corporate
financial reporting. His research has had a substantial impact on the profession and policy.

Format. Each of the five days will entail six periods of approximately 40-45 minutes per period:
Mornings are 10:00 am–12:30 pm; Afternoons are 2:00-4:3o pm.

Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Turku
Event Language:
Doctoral Course
  • SAR-Course-Syllabus-Griffin-Sep-23-27-2024.pdf
Target Group:
Doctoral student
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