The Real Life Guide to Accounting Research

1st Edition

A Behind-the-Scenes View of Using Qualitative Research Methods

Editors: Christopher Humphrey Bill Lee
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080439723
eBook ISBN: 9780080515861
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 6th April 2004
Page Count: 569
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A book that goes behind the more official presentations and accounts of research methods to explore the lived experiences, joys and mistakes of a wide range of international researchers principally working in the fields of accounting and finance, but also in management, economics and other social sciences.

The authors of the articles in this book address a wide range of issues and obstacles that they have confronted at various stages in their respective research careers. In reflecting on their personal experiences, they provide practical guidance on how to overcome the types of problems that typically confront academic researchers in their day-to-day work.

Key Features


  • Practical tips on how to undertake research and get findings published
  • Research project management skills
  • Inernational and interdisciplinary perspectives


Masters students, doctoral students and researchers in the field of accounting and finance. Management and other social science researchers with in an interest in qualitative research methods.

Table of Contents

Introduction. (C. Humphrey, B. Lee).

Section One. The Meaning of Research. The Search for Clues in Accounting History. (S.P. Walker). Adventures in Social and Environmental Accounting and Auditing Research: A Personal Reflection. (D. Owen). Using Case Studies in Finance Research. (G. Stoner, J. Holland). Accounting and Auditing Research in the United States. (T.A. Lee). Forever Destined to be Extras in a Broadway Show? A Discussion on the Status of National Accounting Research in an International Arena. (M.A. García-Benau, J.A. Laínez-Gadea). "Nice Work": Writing a Ph.D. Thesis in Accounting. (A. Loft). Learning to Balance: The Experience of an Overseas PhD student in the UK. (Naoko Komori).

Section Two. Managing the Research Process. Starting and Managing a European Union Funded Research Project. (F. Birkin). Management of a Research Team. (J. Broadbent, R. Laughlin). Confessions of a Research Assistant. (J. Burns). Making Sense of Interactions in an Investigation of Organisational Practices and Processes. (I. Lapsley). Qualitative Research on Accounting: Some Thoughts on What Occurs Behind The Scene. (J. Bédard, Y. Gendron). Critical Independence. (B. McSweeney). Section Three. Collecting and Analysing Data.. Case-Based Research in Accounting. (A.J. Berry, D.T. Otley). Doing Case Study Research. (R.W. Scapens). What is the Object of Accounting? A Dialogue. (Masaya Fujita, Yoshiaki Jinnai). Refining Research Questions in the Course of Negotiating Access for Fieldwork. (T. Ahrens). Insights from Internet-Based Research: Realising a Qualitative Understanding from a Quantitative Search Process. (A. Sangster, D.E. Tyrrall). The Case Study, The Interview and the Issues: A Personal Reflection. (D.E.W. Marginson). Qualitative Research: Experiences in Using Semi-Structured Interviews.


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About the Editor

Christopher Humphrey

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Accounting, Manchester School of Accounting and Finance

Bill Lee

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Accounting & Financial Management, University of Sheffield


"Contains a number of chapters, which I consider to be gems, providing great insights on research ... a must read for both experienced and inexperienced researchers" -- The International Journal of Accounting, 2005. "A wonderful book with wide ranging reflections on accounting and its reality, the role of knowledge and how qualitative research helps us better understand accounting phenomenon and human interactions. I strongly recommend!" -- Prof Greg Tower, Curtain University of Technology, Australia, QRAM - Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2004 "I highly recommend this book ... [it] is a useful resource for new and experienced researchers alike to 'dip' into over time for practical advice on a wide range of qualitative research issues." -- Carolyn Stringer, University of Otago, New Zealand, QRAM - Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2004 "The book is a must for inclusion on postgraduate research methods courses, for no other accounting contribution comes so close to capturing the flavour and practice of actually conducting qualitative research from conception to publication." -Trevor Hopper, PACIFIC ACCOUNTING REVIEW (v17, iss1, 2005)