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The Routledge Companion to Qualitative Accounting Research Methods

ISBN 9780367581305
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
566 Pages

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Book Description

Selecting from the wide range of research methodologies remains a dilemma for all scholars, not least those looking to study the world of accounting. Both established and emerging research methods are frequently advocated, creating a challengingly broad range of choices.

Covering a selection of qualitative methodological issues, research strategies and methods, this comprehensive compilation provides an essential guide to the choice and execution of qualitative research approaches in this field. The contributions are grouped into four sections:

  • Worldview and paradigms

  • Methodologies and strategies

  • Data collection methods and analysis

  • Experiencing qualitative field research: personal reflections

Edited by leading scholars, with contributions from experts and rising stars, this volume will be essential reading for anyone looking to undertake research in the qualitative accounting field.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

1. Researching Everyday Accounting Practice: Epistemological Debate

Mark A. Covaleski, Kathryn Haynes, Zahirul Hoque and Lee D. Parker

Part II: Worldviews and Paradigms

2. Social Constructionist Research in Accounting: A Reflection on the Accounting Profession

Mark A. Covaleski, Mark W. Dirsmith and Sajay Samuel

3. Interpretive Research In Accounting: Past, Present and Future

Kari Lukka and Sven Modell

4. Critical Studies in Accounting: Researching the Exercise of Power

Marcia Annisette and Christine Cooper

5. Historiography in Accounting Research

Garry D. Carnegie and Christopher J. Napier

6. Grounded Theory Approach to Accounting Studies: Overview of Principles, Assumptions and Methods

Andrew Goddard

7. Visual Methodologies for Accounting and Accountability

Jane Davison and Samantha Warren

8. Appreciative Inquiry for Accounting Research

Zahirul Hoque

Part III: Methodologies and Strategies

9. Ethnography, Ethnomethodology and Anthropology Studies In Accounting

Colin Dey

10. Case Studies in Accounting Research

Bill Lee and Christopher G. Humphrey

11. An Emergence of Narrative Approaches in Social Sciences and in Accounting Research

Barbara Czarniawska

12. Oral History

Theresa A. Hammond

13. Autoethnography In Accounting Research

Kathryn Haynes

14. Action Research in Accounting

Timothy J. Fogarty

15. Discourse Analysis in Accounting Research

Rihab Khalifa and Habib Mahama

16. An Introduction to Interventionist Research in Accounting

John Dumay and Vicky Baard

17. Reflexivity in Accounting Research

Kathryn Haynes

Part IV: Data Collection and Analysis

18. Mixed Methods for Understanding Accounting Issues

Basil Tucker and Zahirul Hoque

19. Field Interviews: Process and Analysis

Habib Mahama and Rihab Khalifa

20. Participant Observation at the Coalface

Lee D. Parker

21. Content Analysis

David Campbell

22. Focus Group Discussions

Elizabeth Gammie, Susan Hamilton and Valerie Gilchrist

23. Analyzing and Interpreting Qualitative Data in Management Accounting Research

Mark A. Covaleski, Mark W. Dirsmith and Sajay Samuel

24. Qualitative Data Management and Analysis Software

Fiona Anderson-Gough, Carla Edgley and Nina Sharma

25. Credibility and Authenticity in Qualitative Accounting Research

Martin Messner, Jodie Moll and Torkel Stromsten

Part IV: Experiencing Qualitative Field Research: Personal Reflections

26. A Case Study Research Project: Personal Reflections

Sophia Ji

27. Etics, Emics and Ethnomethodology in Accounting Research

Vassili Joannides

28. Ethical Considerations In Qualitative Research: Personal Experiences From The Field

Esin Ozdil, Chatruika Seneviratne and Xuan Thuy Mai

29. Conducting Oral History Research: Reflections From the Field

Kathie Ross

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Zahirul Hoque is Professor of Management Accounting and Public Sector and Head of the Department of Accounting at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

Lee D. Parker is Distinguished Professor of Accounting at RMIT University, Australia and Research Professor of Accounting at the University of Glasgow, UK.

Mark A. Covaleski is the Robert Beyer Professor of Managerial Accounting and Control at the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

Kathryn Haynes is Professor of Accounting and Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics at the University of Hull, UK.


'A book that the qualitative accounting research community has longed for. Enlightening and interesting ... it is a very informative reference work on qualitative research methods in accounting.' - Gunnar Rimmel, International Journal of Accounting

'Although accounting practice and research has evolved considerably, a serious and comprehensive collection on qualitative theories and methods is undoubtedly overdue. This volume definitively fills the void, as a thoughtful compendium of major issues confronting the discipline and its knowledge base. Academics have long lamented the need for a volume for teaching and learning the range of topics offered in this compilation: interpretive research, critical inquiry, ethnography, case study, fieldwork, and many others. Seasoned researchers and emerging scholars alike will be grateful for many years to come, as the editors and authors -- internationally recognized innovators -- have crafted indispensable works. An assemblage of insightful and pioneering work, the book provides a copious dividend, making our long wait worthy.' - Professor Cheryl R. Lehman, Hofstra University, USA

'The first comprehensive account of all you need to know about being in the world of qualitative accounting research. The power of this book lies in its scope, covering everything from abstract "worldviews" (or paradigms) to lived experience in the form of "how to do it" tips from the coalface. All presented in the lively, engaging and very readable writing style we would expect from these four editors. A "must-read" qualitative methods book for researchers and students alike.' - Professor Sue Llewellyn, Alliance Manchester Business School, UK

'World-leading experts, important topics, wise advice and authentic reflections. This book has all the ingredients for an essential guide on qualitative accounting research. I