IAFA Seminar

Please see below details of an upcoming seminar hosted by IAFA

Guest Speaker: Professor Matt Hall, Monash University, Melbourne

Seminar Title: Questioning the numbers: Epistemic authority, narrative and performance evaluation

When: When: 11.00am to 1.00pm (registration from 10.30 am) on Friday 9 December followed by a light lunch

Seminar Fee: €10 (Please register on the events section of the IAFA website)

Location: SAC Seminar Room (CA110), Cairnes School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway
CA110 (SAC Seminar Room)

Background to seminar
Prior research has devoted limited attention to considering how narrative and quantitative performance information operate in combination. In this study, we draw on the concept of epistemic authority, defined by Kruglanski et al. (1995: 351) as “the extent to which an individual is prepared to rely on a source’s information and accept it” to examine this issue. Using a case study of a nongovernment organization, we demonstrate how junior managers use narrative information to question the epistemic authority of quantitative performance indicators, and how senior managers use a combination of quantitative performance information, narrative information about performance, and their own knowledge to evaluate the performance of organizational subunits.

Professor Matt Hall has recently taken up an appointment as Professor in the Accounting Group at Monash University. Prior to that Matt worked at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Matt’s research interests include management control systems and performance measurement particularly in non-government organisations. His work is widely published in many accounting journals. Matt is on the editorial board of a number of journals.

Patricia Martyn
Lecturer in Accounting
J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics,
National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland

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I am an accounting academic, accountant and author based near Dublin, Ireland.
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