Call for papers - 18th European Academic Conference on Internal Audit and Corporate Governance

Call for papers - 18th European Academic Conference on Internal Audit and Corporate Governance

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Wed, 09 Sep 2020, 9:00 AM –

Fri, 11 Sep 2020, 6:00 PM

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Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row

106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ, UK

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It has become clear from recent events that new and potentially serious threats to the governance of enterprises have emerged. These threats can be categorised into three key themes:

  • Dysfunctional and inadequate boards
  • Ineffective supervision of major financial institutions by national and international regulators
  • A growing loss of confidence in the role of external auditors

These threats have created a situation where senior management might lose trust in the ability of regulators to assure that financial services are properly supervised, lose their traditional sources of corporate governance and audit support and advice and most of all find that there is no alternative source of assurance and support when identifying and managing strategic risks.

Research presented over the history of this conference has repeatedly shown that senior managers (in particular independent and audit committee members) welcome the support and advice of their internal audit functions regarding internal control issues. For the 2020 conference we especially invite authors to address what senior management need to do in order to enhance corporate governance and what internal auditors can do to provide advice and support at board level. We especially encourage papers in the following areas:

  • The role of the internal audit function in providing advice and support to the board
  • The relationship (potential and actual) between internal auditors and audit committees
  • How enterprises are affected by changing financial regulation
  • How internal auditors and other corporate governance players can contribute to reputational and integrity issues

We will of course also welcome papers for review that address any relevant aspect of internal auditing and corporate governance.

On behalf of the conference board, the Conference organising committee includes:

Prof. Rob Melville (Cass Business School, University of London, UK)

Dr. Alessandro Merendino (Coventry University, UK)

Prof. Giuseppe D’Onza (University of Pisa, Italy)

Prof. Gerrit Sarens (Louvain School of Management, Belgium)


We are pleased to announce the arrangements for the 18th European Academic Conference on Internal Audit and Corporate Governance hosted by CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL.

We welcome submissions from the full spectrum of internal auditing (IA) and corporate governance (CG). The conference will provide a forum to present debate and discuss current issues impacting these areas. The first day will be dedicated to a forum to enable PhD students to present “works in progress” to experienced academics and practitioners. We encourage students at all stages of their PhD to submit. The main conference will be held on the second and third days.

The accommodation expenses (hotel only) will be reimbursed to the PhD day’s speakers and they may attend the main conference free of charge (travel expenses will have to be paid by the participants themselves).

Key dates:

  • Submission deadline: 17th February 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: 2nd March 2020
  • Registration deadline: 15th March 2020
  • PhD day conference: 22nd April 2020
  • 2-day conference: 23rd and 24th April 2020


Guidelines for submission

  • For PhD students

Submitted papers should be classified according to the stage of development. These stages are:

  • Exploratory papers that address the work that is likely to be carried out in the future. These should be based on a significant literature review and are likely to come from students who are about to or have recently completed their first year.
  • Development papers that are based on evidence and are at a stage where they may form a significant part of a thesis.
  • Full papers that form a substantial part of a thesis that is near to completion.
  • For all papers

The deadline for submissions is Monday 17th February 2020. We accept both extended abstracts and full papers (preference being given to full papers). The length of extended abstract is between 3 and 5 pages. Extended abstracts and full papers should be submitted as either a Microsoft Word or Pdf document by email to Dr Alessandro Merendino and Prof Rob Melville. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out before 2nd March 2020.

We would encourage any potential author to contact either the conference chair or the PhD programme chair if they would like to discuss their ideas before submitting an abstract.


Please do not hesitate to contact the members of the organizing committee by email:

Main Conference Chairs

Prof Rob Melville

Cass Business School

University of London, UK



Dr Alessandro Merendino

Centre for Business in Society

Coventry University, UK



PhD Programme Chair

Prof. Gerrit Sarens

Louvain School of Management,

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium



Scientific Committee

Prof Rob Melville (Cass Business School UK), Dr Alessandro Merendino (Coventry University, UK); Dr. Coskun Cakar (CNAM, France), Prof. Philippe Touron (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France), Prof. Gerrit Sarrens (Louvain School of Management, Belgium), Prof. Guiseppe D’Onza (University of Pisa, Italy), Prof. Frédéric Gautier (IAE Paris, France), Prof. Hubert Tondeur (CNAM, France), Dr. Bahram Soltani (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France) and all members of the conference Board.


The conference Board

Prof. Georges M. Selim, Cass Business School, UK (Honorary President)

Prof. Rob Melville, Cass Business School, UK

Prof. Gerrit Sarens, Louvain School of Management, Belgium

Prof. Marco Allegrini, University of Pisa, Italy

Prof. Marika Arena, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

Prof. Guiseppe D’Onza, University of Pisa, Italy

Prof. Rita Lamboglia, University of Naples, Italy

Prof. Andreas Koutoupis, University of Thessaly & University of the Aegean, Greece

Dr. Janicke L Rasmussen, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway

Prof. Arno Nuijten, Erasmus School of Economics, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Workshop Fees

Registrations fee:

  • Early (a discounted fee if paid on or before 31st January 2020): £300
  • Regular (if paid on or before 15th March 2020): £350

Please select the registration button above or this link to direct you to the payment page

A list of recommended hotels is attached at the bottom of the page.

The fee includes participation in the workshop, documents, coffee breaks, social dinner on April 23rd

For each accepted paper at least one author must have completed the conference registration (including payment) by March 15th, 2020. In case an author has more than one paper accepted, his/her registration accounts only for a single paper.

The accommodation expense will be reimbursed to all the presenters in the PhD day and they may attend the main conference free of charge (travel expenses will have to be paid by the participants themselves).

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