The annual competition highlights a work that contributes to a greater understanding of ethics for management accounting and finance professionals in business, whether through new research, insightful analysis of a real-world event or scenario, practical advice based on ethical principles and standards, or solutions to the ethical challenges of the day.


Entries must follow the manuscript guidelines for Strategic Finance. A submission should be (1) approximately 2,500 to 3,000 words in length, (2) written in English, and (3) an original, unpublished work that isn’t available to other publishers.


The deadline for entries is September 1, 2023. All entries will undergo a double-blind review process for initial evaluation, followed by the final selection of the winner by the IMA Committee on Ethics in December 2023. The winning entry will be published in the March 2024 issue of Strategic Finance. In addition, the winning contributor(s) will have the opportunity to present their article on a Count Me In podcast.


Please send your submissions to, using the subject line “Curt Verschoor Ethics Feature,” and include a completed submission form.


Questions regarding the competition can be sent to


Previous winning articles include “The Value of Trust” in 2020, which examined the importance and benefits of trust in the proper functioning and sustainability of an organization; “Why Good People Do Bad Things at Work” in 2021, which detailed a research study on the motivations and causes of unethical behavior in the workplace; and the 2022 winner, “How Ethics and Compliance Fight Corruption,” which examined how a comprehensive compliance program grounded in ethics is the best defense against corruption. See this year’s winner, “The Value of Civility” by R. Douglas Parker and Amanda S. Marcy.

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