Aghazadeh Received Best Midyear Meeting Paper Award

March 1, 2019


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Sanaz Aghazadeh (second from left), accepting award from AAA Auditing
Section President Kathryn Kadous (right), with coauthors
Marietta Peytcheva, Mary Kate Dodgson, and Yoon Ju Kang

Baton Rouge – Sanaz Aghazadeh, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting, was awarded the Best Midyear Meeting Paper Award by the American Accounting Association at their 2019 Auditing Midyear Meeting in January 2019. Aghazadeh’s paper, Revealing Oz: Audit Firm Partners’ Experiences with National Office Consultations, finds that the audit firm national office identity has shifted in recent years toward a more user-friendly entity that collaborates closely with engagement teams and also includes clients in consultations. The paper further discusses the implications for regulators, practitioners and researchers.

Aghazadeh co-authored the paper with Marietta Peytcheva, associate professor at Lehigh University, Mary Kate Dodgson, assistant professor at Northeastern University, and Yoon Ju Kang, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Their paper was selected from conference submissions for the Best Midyear Meeting Paper Award which was established to recognize high-quality presentations to the Auditing Section Midyear Meeting.

According to the website, the American Accounting Association is “the largest community of accountants in academia. Founded in 1916, we have a rich and reputable history built on leading-edge research and publications. The diversity of our membership creates a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation. Collectively, we shape the future of accounting through teaching, research and a powerful network, ensuring our position as thought leaders in accounting.”

“I am honored to have received this award,” said Aghazadeh. “I started this paper two years after I joined LSU. Research support provided by LSU and firms’ willingness to participate in my study made this research possible.”

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Elizabeth Eaton
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