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Exchange and research on the highest international level

First annual conference of the Transregio TRR 266 at the University of Mannheim

At the end of November, the University of Mannheim and Prof. Dr. Jannis Bischof, who acted as local host of the now annual event, hosted the conference. The modern Study- and Conference Center of the Mannheim Business School provided the perfect venue for dynamic professional exchange between young scientists and experienced researchers. The nearly 90 participants were from the member universities of the Transregio “TRR266”, which was approved by the German Research Council in May 2019 and is funded for the next four years. The research objective is to examine how accounting and taxation influence corporate transparency and how important transparent corporate self-portrayal is for society.

Apart from the University of Paderborn and the Humboldt University of Berlin, which are among the applicants together with the University of Mannheim, researchers from the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, the European School of Management and Technology Berlin, the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, the Goethe University Frankfurt and the WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management also travelled to Mannheim. A key component of the conference was the presentation of previously submitted papers. During the two conference days, the participants were able to vote for their favorite, which was awarded the “Best Conference Paper Award.” Ultimately, three conference papers were honored with this award, and the Mannheim participants were particularly successful: Marcel Olbert, doctoral student at the Chair of Business Taxation, and Johannes Voget, holder of the Chair of Taxation and Finance, were honored for their contributions.

Top-class speakers completed the program: Christian Leuz from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business gave the opening keynote speech and spoke about transparency regulation. Also invited was Alexander Nezlobin, Professor of Auditing at the London School of Economics, who gave the second keynote speech of the day on the subject of transparency in auditing as an evaluation standard. Prof. Bischof considers the professional exchange among colleagues to be the most important goal of the annual conference: “The interaction with leading colleagues in our field is an essential contribution to improving the quality of German accounting research. We profit enormously from the network the TRR creates, especially in Mannheim.”

The holder of the Chair of Corporate Accounting at the University of Mannheim was very pleased with the conference: “We presented ourselves as a location where scientific exchange and research take place at the highest international level. The success of the first conference and especially the high quality of the scientific discussion encourage us to repeat the event annually.” In addition to the annual conference, a forum will be held at which the TRR will seek direct exchange with representatives from industry and politics. It is set to take place next year in Munich.