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Deadline: 30 June 2020

Special Issue Call for Papers

Accounting Education in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Although interest in accounting education appears to be growing from mainstream and critical perspectives, accounting education is perhaps an under-explored field of research in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. In a context characterized by the advent of the Arab Spring and the increasing social unrest with 100 million unemployed young people seeking work, as noted by both the United Nations and the World Economic Forum, understanding how education is undertaken, is crucial. This could play a role in the advancement of the profession, helping the young enter the employment market, in the reproduction of social structures, or the maintenance of forms of domination. Moreover, current technological advances such as the Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and Big Data Analytics are increasingly challenging not only the way accounting should be taught but also the role that accountants and auditors will play in the future.

Therefore, Accounting Education invites submissions for a special issue devoted to Accounting Education in MENA countries, to advance our understanding of accounting education practices, from a broad range of perspectives. Submissions for this special issue should be original work on topics related to accounting education with a clear contextualization and consideration of distinctive MENA settings. Research topics appropriate for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • The relationship between accounting education and the accounting profession
  • Factors influencing the development of accounting curricula
  • The impact (if any) of international accounting education standards
  • The practice of classroom teaching and why this matters
  • Accounting education of future accounting professionals
  • Professional development of accounting educators
  • History and traditions of accounting education
  • Critical education theory
  • Role of non-Arabic languages (such as English and French) inherited from the influence of globalization within accounting education and socialisation issues related to this
  • Accounting education and emancipation
  • Innovation in accounting education and how this can be diffused more widely

Submission Guidelines

The editors of this special issue welcome high-quality manuscripts inscribed in different research paradigms and in various scholarly research methods including but not limited to: field or experimental investigations; archival, analytical, or survey research; and case study research. In particular, the contribution of the studies needs to be made clear for others in MENA countries or more widely for accounting educators outside the region.

Submissions for this special issue open in January 2019 and close on 30th June 2019. Early submissions are welcome, and potential contributors are encouraged to contact the guest editors to declare their interest and discuss ideas and topics.

Submissions should be made electronically in accordance with Accounting Education’s policies and style through our online submission portal.

Guest Editors:

Dr. Amr Kotb
College of Business
Zayed University
United Arab Emirates
PO Box 19282 – Dubai
Tel: +971 (0)4402 1711


Professor Nihel Chabrak
College of Business and Economics
United Arab Emirates University
United Arab Emirates
PO Box 15551 – Al Ain
Tel: +971 (0)3713 5238



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