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IMA Awards Academic Research Scholars

By Michael Cohn
October 12, 2012

The Institute of Management Accountants has announced the winners of its two academic awards, the 2012 Emerging Scholar and IECJ Case Competition.

The winner of the IMA Research Foundation Emerging Scholar Award is William B. Tayler, Ph.D., of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. The award recognizes an exceptional manuscript of a single scholar (or lead author) in management accounting. Dr. Tayler received a plaque, a $2,500 cash prize, and complimentary registration to IMA’s 94th Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans next June.

“We’re pleased to recognize the accomplishments of Dr. Tayler, whose work has made significant and lasting contributions to advancing the management accounting research field,” said IMA Research Foundation chair Vairam Arunachalam.

Raef Lawson

The IMA also announced the winners of the IMA Educational Case Journal Case Writing Competition. IECJ is an online journal providing research for accountants and business finance professionals. The winners of this competition are:

• First place, along with a cash prize of $2,000, was awarded to Herbert Snyder, James Clifton, and William (Bud) F. Bowlin, of North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., for their case titled “Alchemy – An Internal Auditing Case.”

• Second place, along with a cash prize of $1,000, was awarded to Bob G. Wood, of Salisbury University, Salisbury, Md.; Steven B. Isbell, of Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, Tenn.; and Cass Larson, of Tennessee Valley Authority, Nashville, Tenn.; for their case titled “The Tennessee Valley Authority: The Cost of Power.”

• Third place, along with a cash prize of $500, was awarded to William (Bud) F. Bowlin, of North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., for the case titled “Performance Measurement at Great Persons, Inc.: An Application of the Balanced Scorecard.”

“We congratulate this year’s winners, which were selected from a field of excellent entries,” said IMA vice president of research, professor-in-residence and IECJ editor Raef Lawson. “The innovative and informative cases developed by these scholars cover a range of topics reflecting the diverse skills required of management accounting practitioners.”

For more information about the IMA’s Research Foundation, visit For more information on IECJ, visit


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