How to Discuss a Paper: Developing and Showcasing Your Scholarly Skills

Posted: 2 Feb 2014 Last revised: 20 Apr 2018

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Kirsten A. Cook

Texas Tech University - Area of Accounting

Matt Hart

Texas Tech University

Michael Kinney

Texas A&M University - Department of Accounting

Derek Oler

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business

Date Written: August 18, 2014

Abstract

We offer this paper as a primer for accounting doctoral students and new faculty on how to discuss a paper. We believe that this topic can serve to “jump start” the engagement of students and junior faculty in developing and delivering quality discussions. We begin by emphasizing the importance and benefits of being a good discussant to both the profession and the discussant. We then outline the discussion process and provide detailed suggestions on points to consider in each phase of this process: (1) volunteering to discuss, (2) receiving the discussion assignment, (3) preparing the discussion, (4) presenting the discussion, and (5) following up with the authors after the discussion. Next, we examine data that highlight the need for additional discussant volunteers at conferences. Finally, we present possible innovations to foster high-quality discussions. This paper formalizes the ideal process typically learned through years of mentoring and conference experience.

Keywords: accounting research, doctoral education, discussing, reviewing

JEL Classification: M41, M49

Suggested Citation

Cook, Kirsten A. and Hart, Matt and Kinney, Michael R. and Oler, Derek, How to Discuss a Paper: Developing and Showcasing Your Scholarly Skills (August 18, 2014). Issues in Accounting Education, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2016; Mays Business School Research Paper No. 2388922. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2388922 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2388922

Kirsten A. Cook (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University - Area of Accounting ( email )

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Matt Hart

Texas Tech University ( email )

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Michael R. Kinney

Texas A&M University - Department of Accounting ( email )

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Derek Oler

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business ( email )

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Lubbock, TX 79409
United States
806-834-2354 (Phone)
806-742-3182 (Fax)

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