The Institute of Management Accountants Foundation for Applied Research is currently seeking research proposals in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).   The Foundation for Applied Research is interested in supporting research in the area of management accounting’s involvement with sustainability reporting.  Sustainability reporting (triple-bottom line, corporate social responsibility) is reporting by any organization (profit and nonprofit) of economic, environmental, and social performance indicators.  Organizations produce these reports to satisfy stakeholders’ demand for increased scrutiny of their performance other than that reported in financial statements.
Many organizations publish these voluntary reports along with their financial statements on their websites. Aside from informing external users of their environmental, economic, and social performance, organizations can use this information to better manage their operations. Management accountants are likely to be involved in the creation and use of sustainability reports. This call for papers is to foster an investigation into the current internal uses of sustainability reports of a variety of organizations.  Proposals could include assessments of systems to generate these reports and the information generated.

This research could involve case studies of particular organizations over multiple periods or surveys of multiple organizations. Research proposals should follow the guidelines contained in the FAR Research Grant Program brochure(in PDF format). Proposals should not exceed 5 pages (excluding c.v.) and should:

1. Include evidence of demonstrated excellence by the researcher in an area targeted in this Call for Proposals. This includes, but is not limited to awards, publications in refereed journals, books, presentations and panels, etc.
2. Address the entire range of methods that apply to CLV, CSR, or BI; describe the measures used for analysis and decision support and the conditions and/or objectives for when they may apply; and compare and contrast the various available methodologies.

Research Proposals should be sent to the attention of Dr. Raef Lawson, CMA, CPA, Director of Research & Professor-in-Residence at research AT imanet DOT ORG.

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Author: Tracey de Morsella (323 Articles)

Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine,, Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine,, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.