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Biographical notes

Leader of the project

PhD Piotr Kozak

A graduate of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. After graduation, he worked in banking and insurance. Currently, he works as an assistant professor at the Department of Management Accounting of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. A lecturer of subjects related to controlling, cost accounting and financial analysis. He conducts postgraduate studies in controlling. Founder and supervisor of the Controller’s Club and also the Science Association of Accounting. A member of the committee of the Scientific Council at the Accountants Association in Poland. A member of the International Association of Controllers, The IBCS Association and the Accountants Association in Poland. A leader of the team awarded in the competition of Bank Handlowy S.A. in Warsaw, Citibank Europe plc and Absolvent.PL in 2018 for a project in the field of robotization of back office processes. A leader of an international team implementing a research grant in the field of Robotic Process Automation. A leader of the ICV Young Controllers Barcamp working group and member of the ICV Future of Controlling initiative. In 2021 a member of a group of IBCS Association developing the new 1.2 version of the International Business Communictions Standards. In the years 2003-2007 he was a member of the Board of directors of the Accountants Association in Poland and the President of the Board of the Accountants Association in Poland, District Branch in Toruń. An author of over 70 publications in the field of: controlling, cost accounting and financial accounting.

Members of the team (in alphabetical order)

PhD Ewa Chojnacka-Pelowska

She works as an assistant professor at the Department of Financial Accounting, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. Her research interests cover capital structure determinants, financial statements (financial statements analysis, financial statements as a source of information), nonfinancial information reporting and robotic process automation. She is an author of about 40 publications. At the university, she teaches mainly the following courses: Accounting, Financial Accounting, Financial Analysis, Non-Profit Organizations Accounting. She is a member of the Accountants Association in Poland and a member of Editorial Team of Copernican Journal of Finance & Accounting.                                        

Prof. Dr. Mike Schulze

Is Vice Dean and Professor of Controlling, Accounting and Financial Management at CBS International Business School in Mainz, Germany. Furthermore, he is Senior Research Fellow at EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany as well as Lecturer Executive Education at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Until January 2020, he also acted as the editor-in-chief of the newly established professional journal “REthinking Finance”, published by Handelsblatt Fachmedien, which focuses on the technological and organizational change of the Finance function in companies and supports specialists and managers in Finance departments in actively shaping the digital transformation in their companies. His current research and consulting activities focus on trends and developments in the CFO area, the digitalization of Controlling and corporate sustainability performance management.. Prof. Schulze possesses considerable experience as researcher in the context of practice-oriented research and as author of numerous scientific (in journals like Journal of Industrial Ecology, Journal of Cleaner Production and Journal of Strategy and Management) and practice-oriented publications in the fields of management accounting. Most recently, together with another co-author, he also published a study report on “Robotic Process Automation in Controlling”. This empirical study was funded by the International Group of Controlling (IGC). He was formerly employed as Finance Analyst at Ford Motor Company in Cologne, Germany and served as an officer in the German Federal Armed Forces.

Prof. Dr. Malgorzata Zmuda

Graduated from the Krakow University of Economics, where she wrote her PhD on the topic of macrocompetitiveness. Since 2016 she holds a professorship in International Strategic Management at the CBS International Business School, heading the Consulting specializations at the Bachelor and Master levels. Parallel to the academic path she has been active in the field of management consulting, where she has been supporting various public and private entities (e.g. economic departments of the Polish Embassy; developed expansion strategies into Central and Eastern Europe for the German SMEs; coordinated due diligence projects supporting leading European private equity houses, managed projects with German companies from the DAX 30 list related to the digitalization challenges and digital transformation). Her research interests are focused on the topics of economic vulnerability in the context of globalization and hypercompetition, as well as international competitiveness and its sources on the micro, mezzo and macro level. In the PhD written at the Krakow University of Economics, she examined the impact of foreign direct investment on long term competitiveness of a small open economy. She is actively internationalizing her research activities, regularly attending international conferences (e.g. European Trade Study Group, International Atlantic Economic Society, Academy of International Business) and publishing in international journals (Journal of Comparative Studies on Central and Eastern Europe, Journal of Management and Business Administration. Central Europe or Journal of International Entrepreneurship). In summer 2010 and summer 2016 she was as a Visiting Fellow at the Duquesne University School of Business, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Since 2016 in collaboration with the Warsaw School of Economics and Krakow University of Economics she has been working on a research project granted by the Polish National Science Center on “Changes in competitiveness and the intensity of international economic cooperation of the new EU Member States in the years 2000-2014”.

PhD Tomasz M. Zieliński

Doctor of Philosophy – in the area of finance with a specialization in controlling and accounting. He is the author of the RPCA concept (Resource and Process Consumption Accounting) which is currently implemented in large Polish capital groups and enterprises from production, commercial, financial and service sectors. His RPCA concept is also included in teaching programs at polish universities of economics such as Poznan University of Economics and Business, Warsaw School of Economics, University of Lodz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. He is the author and co-author of books and articles about the RPCA concept, controlling and especially cost accounting. Since 2019 he is the Director of Controlling in VOX Capital Group.  Since 2018 he is the Managing Director of ICV Poland (Delegate for Poland). Since 2006 – he is the Chairman of the Board and lecturer at Akademia Controllingu. Since 2004 to 2018 he was the Chairman of the Board at BI company – ABC Akademia. For more than 15 years he has been a lecturer, for a number of post graduate studies, on the subject of the RPCA concept, process management, logistics costing and green controlling at universities such as: Poznan University of Economics and Business, Warsaw School of Economics, University of Lodz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. He has master’s degree in Logistics.