Prof. Dr. Sara Bormann

Phone:+49 (69) 798-34742
Room:RuW 3.235
Office hours:

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  • Since 02/2019: Professor for Accounting, especially Management Control at Goethe-University Frankfurt, Faculty of Business Adminstration
  • 2018-2019: Visiting Assistant Professor at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
  • 2015-2017: Post-Doc at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
  • 2015: Doctor's Degree at the University of Mannheim with the dissertation „Essays on Relational Contracts and Subjective Performance Evaluations within Firms" (summa cum laude)
  • 2013/2014: Research stay at Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA
  • 2012/2013: Short research stays at Tilburg University, Netherlands
  • Incentive contracts und performance measurement
  • Relational contracts
  • Interplay of internal and external information
  • American Accounting Association (AAA)
  • European Accounting Association (EAA)
  • German Economic Association of Business Administration (GEABA)
  • European Accounting Symposium for Young Scholars (EASYS), founder and organizer
  • Verband der Hochschullehrerinnen und Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V.
  • Accounting in Europe
  • Accounting Review
  • European Accounting Review
  • Journal of Business Economics
  • Journal of Management Accounting Research
  • Conferences: AAA Annual Meeting, EAA Annual Congress, MAS, VHB Annual Meeting


  • Andreicovici, I., Bormann, S., and Hombach, K. (forthcoming), Trade Secret Protection and the Integration of Information within Firms, Management Science
  • Bormann, S., Haselmann, R., Nienhaus, M. and Rohlfing-Bastian, A. (2021) „Perspektiven der Forschung zur Corporate Governance“, in: Dutzi/Gros/Nowak/Roese (hrsg.) Corporate Governance, Rechenschaft und Abschlussprüfung, Festschrift für Hans-Joachim Böcking zum 65. Geburtstag, C.H.Beck, 177-188
  • Bormann, S. (2020), Strategic priorities and organizational design, Journal of Management Accounting Research 32 (3): 7-26
  • Bormann, S., Claassen, D., Hofmann, C., Schwaiger, N. (2020), Conservative traits and managerial forecasting style, Journal of Business Economics 90: 335-368
  • „Essays on Relational Contracts and Subjective Performance Evaluations within Firms“, Dissertationsschrift, Universität Mannheim (2015)

Working Papers

  • “Information Processing and Analysts Working from Home: Evidence from Brokerage Office Crowdedness” with K. Hombach and J. Wessel
  • “Information Systems and Firm’s Financial Reporting Similarity” with K. Hombach, M. Nienhaus, and L. Papadopoulos
  • “The Effect of Management Control Elements on Coordination” with J. Bouwens and C. Hofmann


  • EASYS Annual Conference 2024, Bukarest/Romania (scheduled)
  • ESMT Accounting Junior Conference, Berlin/Germany (scheduled)


  • TRR 266 Forum 2023, Mannheim/Deutschland
  • Emerging Scholars in Accounting Conference 2023, Frankfurt a. M./ Germany
  • Workshop on Carbon Emission Pledges and Corporate Decarbonization Initiatives, Frankfurt a. M./ Germany
  • Workshop on Trust in Organizations and Families
  • TRR 266 Annual Conference 2023, Mannheim/Germany


  • VHB Annual Conference, Düsseldorf/Germany
  • 44th Annual EAA Congress, Bergen/Norway
  • EASYS Annual Conference 2022, Bergen/Norway
  • 19th Annual Conference for Management Accounting Research (ACMAR), Vallendar/Germany
  • Emerging Scholars in Accounting Conference 2022, Frankfurt a. M./ Germany
  • Christmas Conference on Diversity
  • TRR 266 Annual Conference 2022, München/Germany


  • INSEAD, Fontainebleau/France
  • University of Bern, Bern/Switzerland
  • Tilburg University, Tilburg/Netherlands
  • 11th Conference on Performance Measurement & Management Control, Lisboa/Portugal


  • Tilburg University, Tilburg/Netherlands
  • EASYS Online Conference


  • XX. Symposium zur ökonomischen Analyse der Unternehmung (GEABA), Vallendar/Germany (Discussant)
  • Swiss Winter Accounting Conference 2019, Adelboden/Switzerland (Discussant)


  • Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Frankfurt a. M./ Germany


  • Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a. M., Frankfurt a. M./ Germany


  • Annual Meeting of the AAA, New York/USA (Presenter & Discussant)
  • 39th Annual Congress of the EAA, Maastricht/Netherlands
  • 2nd EASYS Conference, Maastricht/Netherlands
  • 2016 MAS Research and Case Conference, Dallas/USA


  • Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis/USA


  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor/USA
  • Annual Meeting of the AAA, Atlanta/USA
  • 37th Annual Congress of the EAA, Tallin/Estonia
  • 2014 MAS Research and Case Conference, Orlando/USA


  • 36th Annual Congress of the EAA, Paris/France
  • 10th Annual Congress for Management Accounting Research, Vallendar/Germany
  • 2013 MAS Research and Case Conference, New Orleans/USA


  • XIII. Annual Congress of the GEABA, Graz/Austria
  • 05/2012 28th Doctoral Colloquium of the EAA, Bled/Slovenia 
  • 1st ACMAR Doctoral Colloquium, Vallendar/Germany