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Research Methods in Accounting 4ed

by Malcolm Smith SAGE Publications Ltd
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Designed specifically for accounting students and researchers, Research Methods in Accounting is a unique text that provides a thorough understanding of the accounting research process and outlines the relevant research methods that can be applied to accounting research.   


New to this edition:


• New examples and updated content on the use of archival methods and accounting processes  

• A new section on mixed methods research  

• Expanded coverage of structural equation modelling and partial least-squares analysis  

• Further discussion on the topic of theoretical foundations when choosing between research methods.


Suitable for students at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as accounting research practitioners.

Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview
Theory as testable explanation
A critical approach to accounting research
Chapter 2: Developing the Research Idea
The research sequence
Emergence of the Research Topic
The Research Proposal
Conceptual frameworks
The structure of DNA: the development of new theory
The Bradman problem: the development of new strategies
The longitude problem: implementing solutions
Searching the Family Tree: Qualitative Archival Research
The Holy Grail: Experiments in the Field
Strategic management accounting
Chapter 3: Theory, Literature and Hypotheses
Theory, Literature and Hypotheses
Grounded Theory
Searching the literature
Modelling the relationship
Developing the hypotheses
Validity concerns
Chapter 4: Research Ethics in Accounting
The ethics quiz
Informed consent
Ethical guidelines
Chapter 5: Data Collection
Choosing a research method
Sample selection
Measurement issues
Data management
Qualitative research
Chapter 6: Quantitative Data Analysis
Descriptive statistics
Differences in sample means
Measures of association
Analysis of variance
Multivariate model building
Chapter 7: Qualitative Data Analysis
Data management
Validity concerns
Content analysis
Protocol analysis
Chapter 8: Experimental Research
The problem statement
Theory and context
Experimental design
The validity trade-off
Quasi-experimental research
Chapter 9: Survey Research
Mail surveys
Design and planning issues
Pilot testing
Data collection
Measurement error
Interview methods
Chapter 10: Qualitative Methods
Case study methods
Multiple Methods Research
The qualitative analysis protocol
Grounded theory
Verbal protocol analysis
Chapter 11: Archival Research
Cross-section data
Time-series data
The validity trade-off in archival research
Content analysis
Chapter 12: Supervision and Examination Processes
The role of the supervisor
Examiner profiles
The examination process
Chapter 13: Turning Research into Publications
Turning Research into Publications
Where to publish?
What to publish?
How to publish?
Co-authoring Issues
Concluding remarks
Appendix 1: Ranking of Accounting Journals
Appendix 2: Sample Paper

Excellent book for first time researchers in the field of accounting, could also be useful in other disciplines involving social science research.
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.