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Research Methods in Accounting


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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: Journal Rankings Appendix 2: Sample Paper References

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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.


Research Methods in Accounting is suitable for Undergraduate, Postgraduate and in particular Doctoral students, pursuing research in Accounting. The text contains a good balance between theoretical conjecture and application of research methods; qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, in context to assist the researcher identify and apply appropriate methodology for situation specific research. As a consequence the text provides considerable assistance to new and experienced researchers when choosing between alternative research methods for Accounting research.

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

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