Prof. Isabella Grabner, Ph.D., Receives CGMA-Sponsored Early Career Researcher Award

The Maastricht University Professor honored at American Accounting Association Annual Conference

August 16, 2016

NEW YORK (August 15, 2016) - The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) have named Isabella Grabner, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, Netherlands, as the recipient of the 2016 Best Early Career Researcher Award. The award recognizes the best overall body of research in management accounting and is sponsored by the AICPA and CIMA on behalf of the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. It is granted in collaboration with the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA). 

Grabner was honored with the award at the annual AAA Conference in New York. It was presented on behalf of the selection committee, chaired by Geoff Sprinkle, Ph.D., professor at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.

Grabner’s research uses insights from labor economics to explore performance measurement and incentive systems. Her research includes analysis of effort-based versus risk-based incentives and the choice of performance measures in promotion decisions. The award is accompanied by a $2,000 grant.  

“Supporting management accounting research is a critical element of the CGMA mission,” said Valerie Rainey, CPA, CGMA, chair of the AICPA’s Business & Industry Executive Committee and chief financial officer of CMA CGM America. “Dr. Grabner’s research deepens our understanding of the role and influence of incentives, adding to the insight that CGMA designation holders can deliver within their organizations to drive stronger performance.”

Grabner holds a Ph.D. from WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business). Her work is published in journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, Journal of Accounting Research, and The Accounting Review.

A list of previous winners can be found on the AAA’s Best Early Career Researcher awards page.