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method methodology
Method & Methodology

How to do research

How to work out how to do research

How to work out how to work out how to …

reasons to teach m m
Reasons to teach M&M
  • Critical Thinking
  • History of Accounting
  • Academic Credibility
  • Dissertation Preparation
critical thinking 1
Critical Thinking (1)
  • Accounting Students …
    • Method driven
    • Psychological need for ‘right answers’
  • Professional Issues
    • Auditing
    • Failure of Rule-Driven ethical regimes
critical thinking 2
Critical Thinking (2)
  • Learning ‘relevant’ critical approaches?
  • Indoctrination & paradigms …
  • The context of argument, when should we stop asking why?
academic credibility 1
Academic Credibility (1)
  • Why do an accounting degree …?
    • Accreditation changes
    • Theoretical focus
  • Medical & Legal models …
academic credibility 2
Academic Credibility (2)

Research

Research

Education

dissertation preparation
Dissertation Preparation
  • Research design and execution
  • Integration with staff research agendas
aberdeen
Aberdeen
  • What we used to do
  • What we do now
  • What we’re going to do … we think
what we used to do
What we used to do

Four courses:

  • Dissertation preparation … ?
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Current issues in accounting research
  • Critical perspectives on accounting
dissertation preparation10
Dissertation preparation
  • Practical empirical methods
  • Review of basic statistics
  • Literature reviews, referencing
advanced financial accounting
Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Review of advanced accounting topics
  • Orientation towards PAT style research
current issues in accounting research
Current issues in accounting research
  • Review of theoretical issues
    • Changing money values
    • Empirical research methods (not just PAT)
  • ‘Nature of Science’
    • Popperian
    • Focus on empirical testing
critical perspectives on accounting
Critical perspectives on accounting
  • Only partly concerned with research issues
  • Introduction to philosophy of science
  • Discussion of theory/ method/ methodology
what we do now
What we do now
  • Current Issues … now defunct
  • Critical Perspectives
  • Advanced Financial Accounting

Poor take-up …

  • Dissertation preparation – more classes
developments
Developments
  • Changes in the degree structure
    • Fewer, larger options
  • Business School
    • Economics, Management, Accounting & Finance
    • Desire for integration …
  • Dissertation quality
business school issues
Business school issues

Interdisciplinary methodology course?

  • Unfocussed? (many disciplines)
  • Practical vs. theoretical outcomes
theoretical issues
Theoretical issues
  • Philosophy of science & epistemology
  • Social and institutional issues
specialisms practical issues 1
Specialisms / practical issues (1)
  • Management –
    • Qualitative research?
  • Finance –
    • ‘Empirical’ / Econometric methods
  • Accountancy –
    • Mixed? Lost?
  • Economics –
    • Formal/theoretical issues
    • Practical research
      • Positive research
      • Econometrics
specialisms practical issues 2
Specialisms / practical issues (2)
  • Discipline histories
  • Institutional and social constraints
course design
Course design

Tree shaped course –

  • Common core of theoretical issues
    • History & Philosophy of science
    • General methodological debates
  • Specialising
    • Specific techniques
    • Discipline history
    • Specific institutional / social issues
review aims
Review aims …

Method & methodology …

Critical thinking and the professional researcher (or accountant…)

Students as effective research assistants?