Back row, l-r: Laurence May, KPMG; Professor Bob Scapens, Manchester Business School; Ray Cantwell, Medtronic; Massimo Romano, Generali S.p.a; Nick Topazio, CIMA; and Professor Cristiano Busco, Roehampton University. Middle row (l-r): Professor Paolo Quattrone, University of Edinburgh; and Dr Jim Browne, President, NUI Galway. Front row (l-r): Professor Breda Sweeney, NUI Galway; Patricia Martyn, NUI Galway; Dr Elena Giovannoni, University of London; Mary Barrett, NUI Galway; Dr Emer Curtis, NUI Galway; and Dr Geraldine Robbins, NUI Galway.
Jun 24 2015 Posted: 10:00 IST

The topic of sustainable growth and competitiveness brought together practitioners and academics from 24 countries at the recent European Network for Research in Organisational and Accounting Change (ENROAC) conference hosted at NUI Galway.

Guest speakers including Ray Cantwell, Senior Finance Director of Global Operations, Medtronic; Massimo Romano, Head of Group Integrated Reporting and CFO Hub, Generali S.p.a; and Nick Topazio, Head of Reporting Policy at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), discussed the need to highlight the creation of sustainable value for stakeholders within annual reports by focusing on forward looking information for companies, as opposed to simply reporting historical content.

Speaking at the two day event, attended by 150 accounting practitioners and academics, President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne commended the participants for stimulating the debate with regard to competitiveness and sustainable value as these issues were important for growth and competitiveness globally.

Dr Browne said: “This conference highlights the importance of close links between the profession and industry with the academic discipline. The Accounting and Finance Discipline at NUI Galway continue to pioneer the way in disseminating research findings back to industry as this conference follows a number of recent workshops held by our accounting and finance faculty for practitioners.”

Head of Accountancy and Finance Discipline at NUI Galway, Professor Breda Sweeney, commented on the close alignment between the themes discussed at the ENROAC conference and research carried out in the Discipline: “Through the Performance Management Research cluster based in the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change we have examined a range of contemporary issues such as the need for both efficiency and innovation in private and public sector organisations and how performance measurement systems can stimulate action and drive accountability.”

The event was sponsored by CIMA’s General Charitable Trust, KPMG and Fáilte Ireland.

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