To help authors prepare their manuscripts for submission, a Special Issue QRAMJ Workshop will be held on 25 and 26 October 2018 at Kozminski University (57/59 Jagiellonska St., Warsaw, Poland).
At the Workshop, papers are presented and discussed in the light of the final submission to the Special Issue. Please be aware that presentation at the Workshop does not guarantee acceptance of the paper for publication in Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management Journal. Next, participating in the Workshop is not a precondition for submitting a manuscript to the Special Issue.
If you are interested in participating in the Special Issue Workshop, please email your paper to giuseppe.grossi@hkr.se and dobija@kozminski.edu.pl before 31 August 2018.
Programme will available after acceptance of papers.


Two plenary speakers:

Prof. Barbara Czarniawska (Gothenburg University, Sweden) (to be confirmed)

Prof. Tomi Kallio (Linnaeus University, Sweden)

More about the QRAMJ Workshop

Recent decades have witnessed the increasing globalization, corporatization and hybridization of universities. As academics, professionals and students move across national boundaries, international rankings and ratings of universities have become widespread and influential, while various teaching and research measurement systems continue to be developed and applied. Since the 1990s, a radical growth of new managerial models, methods and “calculative technologies” (i.e. mission statements, output performance indicators, annual staff reviews, etc.) has aimed at enhancing performance and assuring quality of research and teaching. It has been also observed that teaching and research performance are now being quantified (Roberts, 2004; ter Bogt and Scapens, 2012; Kallio et al., 2017) more than ever before.

Scholars have focused on the reasons of the metamorphosis of universities into “transnational corporate universities”. The diffusion of the “audit culture” and new bureaucratic mechanisms designed to render the universities more accountable, manageable, efficient and visible through performance measures has been termed “coercive commensurability” or “tyranny of numbers” (Brenneis, Shore and Wright, 2005). The new accounting models of accountability have in several cases introduced new internal relations of power between academics and managers altering historically established roles and equilibria.

The effects of the “audit culture” and “calculative technologies” on academics, managers and other university stakeholders are significantly under-investigated from accounting and accountability perspectives. Through the proposed Special Issue, we hope to reveal the complications surrounding the emerging issues within the complex settings of “hybrid” universities operating at the intersection of the market and state logics.

We encourage submissions, based on case studies and other qualitative methodologies, in different contexts and from scholars across disciplines. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following issues:

  • Which (and how) accounting and accountability challenges are influenced by the institutional changes in the high education field (e.g. the “leaking” of external funds, competition, rankings, ratings, public value and accountability)?
  • How do internal and external university stakeholders use their accounting and accountability models?
  • How do academics cope with the new “audit culture” and “calculative technologies” of hybrid universities?What are the effects for academics of new forms of control and accountability?
  • How does the new “audit culture” challenge the role of professionals in universities?
  • What are the main aspects of external and internal auditing within the context of universities?
  • How can empirical studies on “audit culture” and “calculative technologies” in the academia contribute to accounting and accountability theories?
Guest editors


Giuseppe Grossi (Kristianstad University, Sweden)
e-mail: giuseppe.grossi@hkr.se

Daniela Argento (Kristianstad University, Sweden)
E-mail: daniela.argento@hkr.se

Dorota Dobija (Kozminski University, Poland)
E-mail: dobija@kozminski.edu.pl



Scientific committee:

Giuseppe Grossi, Kristianstad University, Sweden; Nord University, Norway

Daniela Argento, Kristianstad University, Sweden

Dorota Dobija, Kozminski University, Poland

Organising committee:

Dorota Dobija, Giuseppe Grossi, Wojciech Strzelczyk

Important dates


Authors should submit their full papers for the QRAMJ Workshop to both giuseppe.grossi@hkr.se and dobija@kozminski.edu.pl before 31th August 2018

The registration should be completed  (register using registration form please or your participation confirmation e-mail you can sent to Wojciech Strzelczyk: wstrzelczyk@kozminski.edu.pl) and the fee paid by 15 September 2018

The QRAMJ Workshop takes place on  25-26 October, 2018

The deadline for the submission to the Special Issue in Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management Journal is the 15th January 2019

Attendance fee


The workshop registration fees:

Registration fee (as of 15 September 2018): 200,00 Euros

Registration fee for PhD students and Emeritus professors (as of 15 September 2018): 150,00 Euros

The registration fee for the QRAMJ Workshop includes two coffee-breaks, two lunches in campus, one dinner in town, beverages and conference kit.


The payment will be made by bank transfer into the account of Kozminski Univeristy.

Payments in PLN will be made at the National Bank of Poland exchange rate valid on the day of the transfer. Please specify the name of participant and word: „QRAMJ Workshop 2018” within the bank transfer details.

The necessary data for payment is:

Beneficiary name: Kozminski University/ Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego
Beneficiary address: Jagiellonska 57/59; 03-301 Warszawa, Poland
EURO payment account: 22 1160 2202 0000 0000 3260 4533
PLN payment account: 54 1160 2202 0000 0001 4728 9385
Open at: Bank Millennium SA

If you would like to pay the registration fee by credit card, using Pay Pal you can do it during registration using the registration form. We added there option: Possibility to pay using credit cart.

The total cost of registration fee, including the costs of bank transfer, is covered by the participant. If you would like to pay the registration fee by credit card, using Pay Pal, please note that additional fees will be charged in order to cover bank services. The bank fee equals 3,5% of the paid amount. Please used our registration form to pay by credit cart.

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Special Issue on Governing by numbers: audit culture and contemporary tales of universities' accountability

If you are interested in participating in the Special Issue Workshop, please email your paper to giuseppe.grossi@hkr.se and dobija@kozminski.edu.pl before 31 August 2018.


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