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Research Methods in Accounting

Research Methods in Accounting

Fourth Edition

May 2017 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Designed specifically for accounting students and researchers, Research Methods in Accounting is a unique text used by over 10,000 students that provides a thorough understanding of the research process. Using practical and real life examples from industry, it outlines the relevant methods that can be applied and offers a dedicated chapter on publishing your 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
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

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
University of Derby

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

Claire Guthrie
Manchester Metropolitan University

I really enjoy the book because of the useful overview of the research methods in accounting. The book is most relevant for my master and phd students.

Professor Patrick Velte
Accounting and Auditing, Leuphana Universitat Luneburg
June 7, 2017

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 11: Archival Research