IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) is now accepting entries for the annual Carl Menconi Ethics Case Writing Competition. Don’t wait to start working on your submission because the deadline to submit an entry is January 19, 2024.


The winning case will be selected by IMA’s Committee on Ethics and featured in Strategic Finance. The case author or team of coauthors will be recognized at the IMA 2024 Accounting & Finance Conference (IMA24), which will be held June 9-12, 2024, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in Texas. Winners will also get one free conference registration and a $500 prize. Additionally, winners will have the opportunity to adapt their article into a slideshow and present it in an IMA Faculty Friday webcast.


The competition works to develop and distribute teaching cases focused on business ethics with a specific application to management accounting and finance issues. It’s open to accounting and finance practitioners and academics, as well as students. Joint submissions from more than one contributor are encouraged.


Your submission must reference the IMA Statement of Ethical Professional Practice. Learn more about the competition and submission guidelines.


This annual program is named in memory of Carl Menconi, who held various leadership positions within IMA for many years, including serving as the chair of IMA’s Committee on Ethics. He also taught part-time at his alma mater, Northern Illinois University.


The 2023 winner is When Change Isn’t So Good: New Management Brings Ethical Dilemmas by Dawn Schwartz, DBA, CMA, CPA, CFE.


The 2022 winner was Ethics and Controls at Accountable Coffee Co. by Justin Stearns, Ph.D., CMA, CPA; Michael Fore, J.D.; and Sarah Feltus, Ph.D., CPA.


The 2021 winner was Disclosure Strategy: A Case of Ethics in Financial Reporting by Thomas D’Angelo, DPS, CMA, CFM, and Marco Lam, Ph.D., CMA, CPA, CGFM.


The 2020 winner was A Painful Dilemma at Southwest Hospice by Wendy J. Bailey, Ph.D., and Robert Ewing, Ph.D., CMA, CPA.


The 2019 winner was Bexley Box Company by Susan F. Weiss, Ph.D., CMA, CFM, CPA, CGMA.

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