Research Methods in Accounting / Edition 2

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This updated and expanded Second Edition of Research Methods in Accounting continues to provide a practical and accessible overview of the conduct of applied research studies in accounting. Retaining its focus on the role of theory in research, the new edition brings together the latest developments in research methods.

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Editorial Reviews

Shane Dikolli
A thoughtful and thorough one-stop reference source, this book is overflowing with practical ideas on how to evaluate and apply research methods in creating or reviewing a high-quality research manuscript. I strongly recommend the book to any research-active Accounting scholar.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849207966
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/4/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Malcolm Smith

Malcolm has held professorial positions in accounting at universities in both UK and Australia. He is now Adjunct Professor of Accounting at the University of South Australia.

Malcolm’s research output includes 16 books, 13 book chapters and over 180 journal articles, but he is best known for his publications in two areas:

· Financial communication: concerned with the analysis and interpretation of corporate narratives, and

· Strategic management accounting: concerned with the diffusion of accounting innovations.

Malcolm has received numerous awards for teaching and supervision, and has supervised over 20 doctoral candidates to completion.

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview
Theory as Testable Explanation
A Critical Approach to Accounting Research
Developing the Research Idea
The Research Sequence
Emergence of the Research Topic
Conceptual Frameworks
The Structure of DNA: The Development of New Theory
The Bradman Problem: The Development of New Strategies
The Longitude Problem: Implementing Solutions
Strategic Management Accounting
Theory, Literature and Hypotheses
Sources of Theory
Searching the Literature
Modeling the Relationship
Developing the Hypotheses
Validity Concerns
Data Collection
Choosing a Research Method
Sample Selection
Measurement Issues
Data Management
Qualitative Research
Verbal Protocols
Data Analysis
Descriptive Statistics
Differences in Sample Means
Measures of Association
Analysis of Variance
Multivariate Model-Building
Research Ethics in Accounting
The Ethics Quiz
Informed Consent
Ethical Guidelines
Experimental Research
The Problem Statement
Theory and Context
Experimental Design
The Validity Trade-off
Quasi-Experimental Research
Survey Research
Mail Surveys
Design and Planning Issues
Pilot Testing
Data Collection
Measurement Error
Interview Methods
Case Study Methods
The Qualitative Analysis Protocol
Grounded Theory
Archival Research
Cross-Section Data
Time-Series Data
The Validity Trade-off in Archival Research
Content Analysis
Critical Analysis
Supervision and Examination Processes
The Role of the Supervisor
Examiner Profiles
The Examination Process
Turning Research into Publications
Why Publish?
Where to Publish?
What to Publish?
How to Publish?
Concluding Remarks

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