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The Real Life Guide to Accounting Research by Christopher Humphrey and Bill Lee pdf free download

The Real Life Guide to Accounting Research by Christopher Humphrey and Bill Lee pdf free download. The first thing that we need to do in this book is to explain why it was considered necessary and how we came to be its editors. As with many of the projects reported in
the book, the book’s history has not been straightforward. We first met each other in the process of co-organising an Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ (ICAEW) sponsored conference entitled Beneath the Numbers: Reflections on the Use of Qualitative Methods in Accounting Research, held at Portsmouth Business School in 1996.

The Real Life Guide to Accounting Research by Christopher Humphrey and Bill Lee pdf free download

The conference provided a unique forum for the exploration and understanding of a wide range of experiential issues that had arisen from the growing application of qualitative approaches in accounting research. A large number of delegates expressed the need for a book that shared the objectives of the conference and provided a practical guide that could be used in the course of the ‘real life’ research process.

The Real Life Guide to Accounting Research by Christopher Humphrey and Bill Lee pdf free download

Impressed by the response to the conference, we made the commitment to pursue the possibility of a book. Originally this was going to be something very simple, such as a ring-bound compilation of the various papers presented at the conference. However, people started to suggest that such a book could be something rather more significant and encouraged us to move from a quick and cheap reproduction format to pursuing a proper book contract with an international publisher. The envisaged book’s contents were felt to be deserving of a wider audience.

The Real Life Guide to Accounting Research by Christopher Humphrey and Bill Lee pdf free download

The Real Life Guide to Accounting Research by Christopher Humphrey and Bill Lee pdf free download. While it was nice (and motivating) to receive compliments, securing a book contract and putting together a contents package that suited an international publisher did not prove to be that simple. Why did we want to just cover qualitative research, rather than including quantitative research as well? Why were we not just using the work and reflections of high-profile, senior academics? Were we simply reproducing conference papers that could not be published elsewhere? Was this a legitimate dimension of academic research, having people talk about doing research? Was the subject matter credible? Were we credible editors? What was the market and likely sales forecasts for the book? And possibly the most difficult hurdle to overcome — were we really asking people to write about their qualitative research experiences in accounting! Now there might be an interest in qualitative research in sociology or social policy but accounting, a book providing a behind-the-scenes view of qualitative research in accounting? What would that amount to and who would be interested in it? Would it be discussions over how to do double-entry bookkeeping, or how to ask questions of the payroll clerk or other accounting officers, or how someone came to write their masterpiece on the different available methods of depreciation or accounting for fixed assets? Maybe such behind the scenes stuff was best left unspoken — rather than being brought front stage in a reflective research methods book? We did not accept some of the scepticism expressed by an initial group of publishing houses. The Real Life Guide to Accounting Research by Christopher Humphrey and Bill Lee pdf.

The Real Life Guide to Accounting Research by Christopher Humphrey and Bill Lee pdf free download

We were well aware that the increasing relevance of accounting to a wide range of social and organisational contexts had led to accounting research becoming increasingly interdisciplinary with recognition being given to the insights that such research may bring to, and gain from, fields such as Business Studies, Management, Sociology, Social Policy, Politics, Public Administration, and Social Anthropology.

The Real Life Guide to Accounting Research by Christopher Humphrey and Bill Lee pdf free download

We knew that as accounting researchers had widened their focus beyond the direct construction of accounting techniques, there had been a greater emphasis on qualitative research. Accountants were seeking understanding of the organisational, social and political roles and influences of accounting practice. Articles could easily be found in journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Critical Perspectives in Accounting, and European Accounting Review questioning traditionally accepted histories of, and standpoints on, accounting development.

The Real Life Guide to Accounting Research by Christopher Humphrey and Bill Lee pdf free download

The Real Life Guide to Accounting Research by Christopher Humphrey and Bill Lee pdf free download


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