Comparative research: An opportunity for accounting researchers to learn from other professions

Paisey, C. and Paisey, N.J. (2010) Comparative research: An opportunity for accounting researchers to learn from other professions. Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change, 6(2), pp. 180-199. (doi: 10.1108/18325911011048754)

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Purpose: Although many of the problems currently being faced in accounting education have also been expressed in educational debates within other professions such as medicine, law and architecture, changes in accounting education policy and practice have not been greatly influenced by comparative study of other professions. This paper aims to examine the potentiality of the comparative research method in order to inform the future direction of accounting education. Design/methodology/approach: Comparative methodology has been defined as “a method of analysis that focuses on several objects of study in order to identify similarities and differences”. This paper begins by critiquing the comparative research method before considering how comparative research can make a contribution to research into accounting education policy and professional issues. The extent to which comparative research has been undertaken in accounting education research is then examined. Findings: The potentiality of incorporating ideas from other professional education systems has not been fully exploited in accounting education. Research limitations/implications: This paper advocates comparing accounting education with that in other professions. Other types of comparative research, for example, international comparisons, are not covered in detail. Practical implications: Accounting educators and education policy setters should be encouraged to explore the accounting systems of similar professions to generate new ideas for change. Originality/value: The paper discusses how comparative study, with particular reference to other professions, can be used to inform change in accounting education policy.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Paisey, Professor Catriona
Authors: Paisey, C., and Paisey, N.J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

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