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Research Methods in Accounting

Research Methods in Accounting

Third Edition

November 2014 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Designed solely for accounting students and scholars, this easy-to-follow and engaging text will ensure that you can successfully apply the most relevant research methods to your accounting research studies.

New to this updated edition:

  • Expanded coverage on how to successfully identify your research proposal question.
  • Additional qualitative data chapter enabling you to have a stronger understanding of qualitative methods.
  • Real-life accountancy examples provide insight into choices made by accountants, relating your theoretical research to practical application.
  • Further reading at the end of each chapter to further enhance and expand your knowledge.


Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview
Chapter 2: Developing the Research Idea
Chapter 3: Theory, Literature and Hypotheses
Chapter 4: Research Ethics in Accounting
Chapter 5: Data Collection
Chapter 6: Quantitative Data Analysis
Chapter 7: Qualitative Data Analysis
Chapter 8: Experimental Research
Chapter 9: Survey Research
Chapter 10: Qualitative Methods
Chapter 11: Archival Research
Chapter 12: Supervision and Examination Processes
Chapter 13: Turning Research into Publications
Appendix 1: Ranking of Accounting Journals

Appendix 2: Sample Paper


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.

Shane Dikolli
Associate Dean, Faculty Engagement - The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, USA

Excellent overview. Easy introduction to research methods for students

Professor Erik Robert Strauss
Chair of Accounting and Control, University of Witten/Herdecke
April 21, 2016

Very relevant to the both the technical aspects of research and the accounting subject area within which the module sits. Really good to have a subject specific research methods text.

Ms Sandy Ryder
Business School, University of Cumbria
August 19, 2015

Excellent book for accounting students. Easy to read, easy to use. Highly recommendable.

Professor Alberto Costa
Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração, Universidade de Aveiro
March 12, 2015

Accounting students can relate to this text to understand Research Methods a little better.

Mr Martyn Jarvis
Faculty of Business and Society, Department of Law, Accounting and Finance, University of South Wales
March 9, 2015

Great book for accounting scolars. I enjoyed reading it.

Dr Blazenka Hadrovic Zekic
Faculty of Economics, University of Osijek
February 24, 2015

Book is a little bit too specific for this course. It is very suitable for courses concerning bachelor and master thesis as well as research.

Dr Antero Tervonen
Department of Business Administration, Lappeenranta University of Technology
January 14, 2015

This book is a good for master level student to complete their MSC degree. It is step by step easy understanding book. I do recommend my study to have a copy of it and recommended it as supplementary book for accounting research project.

Mr Yasir Al Balushi
Accounting, Sultan Qaboos University
December 15, 2014

This is a good book, it includes a wide range of topics with sufficient depth. I especially like that this book includes both quantitative and qualitative method issues. This is a good book to have in mind both as an accounting methodology guide and for teaching purposes.

Antti Rautiainen
School of Business & Economics, University of Jyvaskyla
December 10, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2: Developing the Research Idea

Malcolm Smith

Professor Malcolm Smith Malcolm has held professorial positions in accounting at universities in both UK  and Australia. He was Foundation 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. ... More About Author

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