Beyond the Ticket and the Brand: Imagining an Accounting Research Future

30 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2012

Date Written: December 2012


This paper presents a reflective critique of the current university environment and the state of accounting research with a view to envisaging the latter’s forward trajectory, particularly in terms of emerging subject areas, theoretical perspectives and methodological traditions. It considers the contemporary fixation upon research performance indicators and warns of their associated impact on the role and orientation of academic researchers. The emergence of specialist interdisciplinary and qualitative research communities within the accounting discipline are presented as opportunities for the invigoration of the accounting project. Nonetheless, the pursuit of research esteem indicators is argued to risk disengaging researchers from policy and practice concerns. Future roles, responsibilities and intentions of scholars are visited in the light of these observations.

Keywords: Accounting research, Interdisciplinary research, Research environment, Research policy

JEL Classification: I23, I28, M41

Suggested Citation

Parker, Lee D., Beyond the Ticket and the Brand: Imagining an Accounting Research Future (December 2012). Accounting & Finance, Vol. 52, Issue 4, pp. 1153-1182, 2012, Available at SSRN: or

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