The Manufacturing and Service Accounting Research (MSAR) is the new name of the Manufacturing Accounting Research (MAR) Conference, a biennial conference at which worldwide scholars, researchers and practitioners debate on control, cost and performance management related issues in a wide range of business organizations, both in manufacturing and service. Previous conferences have been held in Eindhoven (1993), Bruges (1995), Edinburgh (1997), Kolding (1999), Pisa (2001), Twente (2003), Tampere (2005), Trento (2007), Münster (2009), Ghent (2010), Helsinki (2012), Copenhagen (2014), and Lisbon (2016).

The Oslo-2018 MSAR conference continues and evolves themes established in previous conferences, and explicitly acknowledges and addresses (starting from the name) the service dimension in business environment as a relevant area for the accounting research perspective of the Conference. A direct engagement with operational processes has always been a central feature in the academic papers presented at the MAR (now MSAR) conference. Similar to the earlier conferences, the Oslo-2018 MSAR conference continues to welcome papers with a strong operational orientation. Such papers could relate to, for example the design and use of management and cost accounting, business analytics, management control, and performance management systems in all functional domains of the organization, the use in combination with advanced manufacturing or enterprise resource planning technology, and the use within customer-supplier and inter-organizational networks.

For the Oslo-2018 MSAR conference, we specifically encourage papers on the use of technology within or in combination with business analytics and control & performance measurements systems. The design of technology-driven financial systems, the adoption and transition towards systems of business analytics, and the organizational and behavioural aspects of implementation, are examples of relevant topical categories. Papers that are interdisciplinary in nature are particularly welcome. This includes papers with an origin from outside the accounting discipline, papers which employ a non-mainstream research design, and papers that have a cross-disciplinary set of co-authors.

The conference will consist of an opening session on business-analytics, provided from a practitioner and a scholarly perspective, and conceptually framed by a reputed, academic guest speaker. Academic papers are presented in concurrent sessions with all papers having a discussant. There is a dedicated track for PhD students and early-career researchers, with selected discussants from various editorial boards.

A special event is organized with respect to the 25-year celebration of the MSAR research conferences (1993-2018). Attendants will be part of a WhatsApp group to receive further information on the conference's activities and practical details.

The conference is jointly organized by EIASM and Department of Accounting Auditing and Business Analytics at BI Norwegian Business School.


Professor Hanno ROBERTS
Associate-Professor Pāl BERTHLING-HANSEN
Mrs Irmelin VIVIENNE


Linda Mulehamn
EVP Corporate Insight, INSR Insurance Group ASA, Norway. Linda Mulehamn has 18 years of experience in analytics / managerial positions within If Insurance P&C. She holds a Master degree in Industrial Mathematics from NTNU, an actuarial degree from the University of Oslo, and an MBA from BI Norwegian Business School.

John Martin Dervå
John Dervå is currently working for the Law Enforcement Analysis Portal (LEAP) in the US. He was part of the team that analysed the Norwegian police force after the Anders Breivik massacre on July 22, 2011, as well as analyzed the utilization of police resources for homicides in Norway from 2004 - 2009.

Prof Markus Granlund,
Dean of the Turku School of Economics, Finland.
Markus Granlund is a reputed researcher on the relationship between information systems, performance measurement, and management control on which he has published widely. He has been involved in development projects on accounting and information systems in major companies and public-sector organizations in Finland and abroad.


Please click here  to see the list of accepted papers that will be presented.


Relevant conference papers can be submitted to the special issue on Digitilization and Management Control of the Journal of Management Control, submission deadline January 31, 2019, see HERE."

Practical information

  • Time:Friday, 15 June 2018 09:00 - Saturday, 16 June 2018 17:00
  • Place:BI - Campus Oslo, BI Executive