TheAICPA and theChartered Institute of Management Accountants(CIMA) announced this week that Isabella Grabner, associate professor of accounting atMaastricht University School of Business and Economics, Netherlands, is the recipient of the2016 Best Early Career Researcher Award.

The award looks to recognize the "best overall body of research in management accounting" and is sponsored by the AICPA and CIMA on behalf of theChartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)designation. The award is granted in collaboration with the Management Accounting Section of theAmerican Accounting Association(AAA). 

Grabner was honored with the award at the annual AAA Conference in New York. It was presented by selection committee chair Geoff Sprinkle, professor at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. The award includes a $2,000 grant.  

Grabner’s research utilizes insights from labor economics to explore performance measurement and incentive systems. Her research includes analysis of effort-based versus risk-based incentives and the choice of performance measures in promotion decisions.

“Supporting management accounting research is a critical element of the CGMA mission,” stated Valerie Rainey, chair of the AICPA’sBusiness & Industry Executive Committee and CFO of CMACGM America.“Dr. Grabner’s research deepens our understanding of the role and influence of incentives, adding to the insight that CGMA designation holders can deliver within their organizations to drive stronger performance.”

Grabner holds a Ph.D. from WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and has seen her work published in journals such asAccounting, Organizations and Society,Journal of Accounting Research, andThe Accounting Review.

For a list of previous winners of the AAA’s Best Early Career Researcher awards, head to their site here.