Volume one of the Handbooks of Management Accounting Research sets the context for both Handbooks, with three chapters outlining the historical development of management accounting as a discipline and as a practice in three broad geographic settings. The bulk of the first volume then draws together a series of contributions that analyse the scholarly literature in terms of distinct intellectual and theoretical social science perspectives. The volume includes a chapter which looks at work informed by psychology as a base discipline. The volume also includes a set of chapters that seek to evaluate and explain issues of research method for the different approaches to research found within management accounting. Special pricing available if purchased as a set with Volume 2.

Key Features

*Documents the scholarly management accounting literature *Publishing both in print, and online through Science Direct *International in scope


Researchers in Managerial Accounting, Doctoral and Master students

Table of Contents

The scope of the management accounting research literature 1.01 Management accounting: A bibliographic study (Hesford, Lee, Vander Sted & Young); 1.02 Mapping Management Accounting: Graphics and Guidelines for Theory-consistent Empirical Research (Luft & Shields); Theoretical perspectives 1.03 Theorizing Practice in Management Accounting Research (Ahrens & Chapman); 1.04 Psychology Theory in Management Accounting Research (Birnberg, Luft & Shields); 1.05 Economics in Management Accounting (Bromwich); 1.06 Theorizing Contingencies in Management Control Systems Research (Chenhall); 1.07 Critical theorizing in Management Accounting Research (Cooper & Hopper); 1.08 Agency theory and Management Accounting (Lambert); 1.09 Historical Theorizing in Management Accounting Research (Luft); 1.10 Management Accounting and Sociology (Miller); Research methods 1.11 Doing Qualititative Field Research in Management Accounting: Positioning Data to Contribute to Theory (Ahrens & Chapman); 1.12 Doing Quantitative Field Research in Management Accounting (Anderson&Widener); 1.13 Comparative Management Accounting Research: Past Forays and Emerging Frontiers (Bhimani); 1.14 Analytical Modelling in Management Accounting Research (Demski); 1.15 There and Back Again: Doing Interventionist Research in Management Accounting (Jonsson&Lukka); 1.16 Doing Archival Research in Management Accounting (Moers); 1.17 Experimental Research in Management Accounting (Sprinkle & Williamson); 1.18 Doing Management Accounting Survey Research (Van der Stede, Young & Chen).


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About the editors

Christopher S. Chapman

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Imperial College London, UK

Anthony G. Hopwood

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, University of Oxford, UK

Michael D. Shields

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA


"The Handbooks of Management Accounting Research represent an ambitious and important project to pull together the main streams of modern research in this vitally important area. Anyone who is interested in using management accounting theory to understand or improve practice should study these handbooks carefully." Professor Roberts Simons, Harvard Business School, USA