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Guidelines for Discussants and Presenters


APMAA conference aims to enhance the understanding of current management accounting issues. It consists of a plenary session, a panel session, parallel sessions, and cultural visit. For parallel sessions, here we provide some guidelines for discussants and presenters. It is particularly important that everyone pays attention to their time allocations, because the sessions are scheduled for three or four papers only.


Arrive at the session room ten minutes before the scheduled starting time and introduce yourself to the moderator and the presenter.

Before the session, read the papers and prepare your comments on PPT slides in order to have a vivid discussion.

Try to mention the strengths of a paper, besides your suggestions for improvement. One of the big challenges for a discussant is making points that are useful to the authors, yet interesting to the audience. Try to avoid an ‘insider’ discussion that probes small details of a paper.

Finally, make sure to wrap-up on time and keep an eye out for the moderators’ time cards


Arrive at the session room ten minutes before the scheduled starting time and introduce yourself to the moderator and the discussant

While developing your PPT slides, consider what information is necessary to guide the audience through key points of your paper. During your presentation, quickly go through the literature, concisely describe your methodology, and spend the bulk of the time on results, discussion, and conclusions. Try not to overwhelm the audience with a lot of tables that each takes much time to interpret. In a nutshell, interpret your research rather than simply lay out the facts.

Before the session, go over your PPT slides to have a sense of how much time required, and then adjust according to your allotted time. The moderator will use time cards to remind you the amount of time left. Please wrap your presentation up on time.