Global conferences unite leaders in IT management, accounting

HICSS hosted more than 1,300 participants representing more than 45 countries.
HICSS hosted more than 1,300 participants representing more than 45 countries.


This story was originally posted on Jan. 12 on UH News

A pair of international conferences, organized by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business, brought together industry leaders and professionals in information technology management and accounting.

“As we celebrate the college’s 75th anniversary, we look forward to continuing our tradition of international excellence,” said Shidler Dean and First Hawaiian Bank Chair of Leadership and Management Vance Roley. “In bringing together academic and industry leaders from around the world, Shidler College demonstrates commitment to nurturing innovation, promoting collaboration, and advancing academic progress.”


The 57th annual Hawaiʻi International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), at the Hilton Hawaiian Village from January 3 to 8, hosted more than 1,300 participants representing more than 45 countries. A record breaking 1,620 research papers were submitted and HICSS published 764 peer-reviewed research papers by authors and co-authors addressing a broad range of topics.

“As the conference chair, I am honored to witness the remarkable contributions and discussions that unfold at HICSS; we look forward to seeing the exciting developments that will shape the future of IT,” said Tung Bui, professor of information technology management and Matson Navigation Company Chair of Global Business. “The deployment and impacts of emerging technologies—to include generative AI—dominated many of the debates. Our participants also debated the future of work and burdens of technological changes on marginalized populations and underserved communities.”

Established in 1968, HICSS is the longest-standing working scientific conference in information technology management. HICSS provides an interactive working environment for top scholars from academia and industry experts to exchange ideas in information, computer and system sciences.

Throughout the conference’s history, the number of downloads has grown to more than 4 million, with Google Scholar ranking HICSS as No. 1 in citations. Proceedings from the conference have produced more than 20,000 published papers representing more than 78 countries, 1,000 universities and 6,000 contributing scholars. The 2025 HICSS conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Maui on January 3 to 6.

Hawaiʻi Accounting Research Conference

More than 320 participants from around the world convened at UH Mānoa for the 7th annual Hawaiʻi Accounting Research Conference (HARC) from January 3 to 5. Hosted by the School of Accountancy at the Shidler College of Business, the conference featured 10 concurrent sessions over three days, during which 418 papers were submitted for consideration; with 221 papers accepted from 633 authors representing 284 universities in 31 countries.

“Within seven years, HARC is considered among the top three globally renowned and impactful accounting research conferences,” said Hamid Pourjalali, conference co-chair, A. Corbin Distinguished Professor of Accounting and director of the School of Accountancy. “Drawing submissions from over 1,100 authors in 2023, the conference is a forum for exchanging erudite ideas, fostering collaboration and cultivating intellectual connections among accounting researchers. The presentations are characterized by their intellectual rigor, imparting a stimulating experience that allows attendees to contribute meaningful feedback.”

Since inception, HARC conference attendance and participation has grown tremendously, with 168 attendees and acceptance of 89 scholarly papers in 2018, and has more than doubled in size. HARC 2025 is scheduled for January 3 to 5 at UH Mānoa