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Research Methods in Accounting

Second Edition


February 2011 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Electronic Inspection Copy available here

Updated and expanded, the Second Edition of Research Methods in Accounting continues to provide a practical and accessible overview of the conduct of applied research studies in accounting,

The Second Edition features:

- Expanded coverage of the areas of 'Theory' and 'Statistical Testing' to incorporate new developments.

- More in-depth detail on theory and associated applications, derived from behavioural, psychological, and qualitative disciplines.

- Expanded chapter in qualitative research to reflect the movement in qualitative methodologies

- Treatment of the practical issues associated with the application of structural equation modelling in quantitative research.

- Revised chapter on fieldwork to give a more considered view of qualitative research in all its alternative forms.

 
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
 
Fieldwork
 
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

Comprehensive but still easy to read, good introduction for BSc level.

Mr Jerry Wouterson
Accounting, Auditing & Control (CAAC), Nyenrode University of Business
October 6, 2014

very sound introduction of the research methods in accounting

I am very pleased to recommend this book to my master students in the next semester.

Professor Patrick Velte
Institute of Banking, Finance and Accounting, Leuphana Universitat Luneburg
June 5, 2014

I recommend this book for adoption. It is a good book for students

Mr Ibrahim Zubairu
Finance and Economics, Lincoln University
September 27, 2013

A thorough text which contains many insights for the new and established accounting researcher.

Mr Faisal Sheikh
Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University
March 15, 2013

I recommend the book to students who, having passed the course, would like to write their bachelor thesis on a course-related subject.

Mr Martin Dastig
Marketing , Berlin School of Economics
January 5, 2013

The book was recommended to students as it provides valuable information about the way forward towards a thorough and successful investigation .

Professor Alberto Costa
Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração, Universidade de Aveiro
November 28, 2012

Useful book, although it lacks certain nuanches in it's philosophy of science. The examples are a little far fetched too. Overall: useful and essential material for our students.

Mr Hilco Elten
Accounting, Auditing & Control (CAAC), Nyenrode University of Business
March 6, 2012

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

Miss Clare Guthrie
Accounting & Finance, Manchester Metropolitan University
February 27, 2012

A very good well structured book. Easy to read and very informative

Mrs Sharon Roberts
Faculty of Higher Education, City College Plymouth
February 8, 2012

A great, easy to follow procedure for accounting students. This is used in conjunction with a class for their research projects.

Professor Jennifer Weske
Business, Christian Brothers University
November 2, 2011

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