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In Search of 'Successful' Accounting Research


  • Wai Fong Chua


This critical commentary on Ohlson's paper (in this issue) problematises the concept of 'successful' accounting research; highlighting its ex-post, variable nature as a socially manufactured object. Contrasting Ohlson's notion of a singular body of shared 'common knowledge' in accounting with the plurality of knowledges valued by different research communities, the commentary advocates a deliberate courting of heterogeneous research paradigms so as to stimulate insightful scholarship. The commentary also reflects on systemic trends underlying the growth of research measurement programmes, and points out that the quest for 'successful' research could perversely undermine the generation of memorable and innovative research. Finally, individual researchers are encouraged at each career stage to determine for themselves the intended results to which they aspire, conscious that there are multiple notions of 'successful' research and therefore multiple routes to success.

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  • Wai Fong Chua, 2011. "In Search of 'Successful' Accounting Research," European Accounting Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(1), pages 27-39.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:euract:v:20:y:2011:i:1:p:27-39
    DOI: 10.1080/09638180.2011.559033

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    1. Dixon, Keith, 2013. "Growth and dispersion of accounting research about New Zealand before and during a National Research Assessment Exercise: Five decades of academic journals bibliometrics," MPRA Paper 51100, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Maria Serena Chiucchi, 2014. "Editoriale. Il gap tra teoria e prassi nel Management Accounting: il contributo della field-based research," MANAGEMENT CONTROL, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2014(3), pages 5-9.

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