Selecting from the wide range of research methodologies remains a dilemma for all scholars, not least those looking to study the world of accounting. Both established and emerging research methods are frequently advocated, creating a challengingly broad range of choices.

Covering a selection of qualitative methodological issues, research strategies and methods, this comprehensive compilation provides an essential guide to the choice and execution of qualitative research approaches in this field. The contributions are grouped into four sections:

  • Worldview and paradigms
  • Methodologies and strategies
  • Data collection methods and analysis
  • Experiencing qualitative field research: personal reflections

Edited by leading scholars, with contributions from experts and rising stars, this volume will be essential reading for anyone looking to undertake research in the qualitative accounting field.

part Part I|2 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Researching everyday accounting practice

Epistemological debate
ByMark A. Covaleski, Kathryn Haynes, Zahirul Hoque, Lee D. Parker

part Part II|2 pages

Worldviews and paradigms

chapter 2|19 pages

Social constructionist research in accounting

A reflection on the accounting profession
ByMark A. Covaleski, Mark W. Dirsmith, Sajay Samuel

chapter 3|19 pages

Interpretive research in accounting

Past, present and future
ByKari Lukka, Sven Modell

chapter 4|16 pages

Critical studies in accounting

Researching the exercise of power
ByMarcia Annisette, Christine Cooper

chapter 5|20 pages

Historiography in accounting research

ByGarry D. Carnegie, Christopher J. Napier

chapter 6|21 pages

Grounded theory approach to accounting studies

Overview of principles, assumptions and methods
ByAndrew Goddard

chapter 7|17 pages

Visual methodologies for accounting and accountability

ByJane Davison, Samantha Warren

chapter 8|16 pages

Appreciative inquiry for accounting research

ByZahirul Hoque

part Part III|2 pages

Methodologies and strategies

chapter 10|21 pages

Case studies in accounting research

ByBill Lee, Christopher Humphrey

chapter 12|15 pages

Oral History

ByTheresa Hammond

chapter 13|16 pages

Autoethnography in accounting research

ByKathryn Haynes

chapter 14|29 pages

Action research in accounting

ByTimothy J. Fogarty

chapter 15|15 pages

Discourse analysis in accounting research

ByRihab Khalifa, Habib Mahama

chapter 16|19 pages

An introduction to interventionist research in accounting

ByJohn Dumay, Vicki Baard

chapter 17|15 pages

Reflexivity in accounting research

ByKathryn Haynes

part Part IV|2 pages

Data collection and analysis

chapter 18|20 pages

Mixed methods for understanding accounting issues

ByBasil Tucker, Zahirul Hoque

chapter 19|18 pages

Field interviews

Process and analysis
ByHabib Mahama, Rihab Khalifa

chapter 20|15 pages

Participant observation at the coalface

ByLee D. Parker

chapter 21|18 pages

Content analysis

ByDavid Campbell

chapter 22|15 pages

Focus group discussions

ByElizabeth Gammie, Susan Hamilton, Valerie Gilchrist

chapter 23|18 pages

Analysing and interpreting qualitative data in management accounting research

ByMark A. Covaleski, Mark W. Dirsmith, Sajay Samuel

chapter 24|27 pages

Qualitative data management and analysis software

ByFiona Anderson-Gough, Carla Edgley, Nina Sharma

chapter 25|13 pages

Credibility and authenticity in qualitative accounting research

ByMartin Messner, Jodie Moll, Torkel Strömsten

part Part V|2 pages

Experiencing qualitative field research: personal reflections

chapter 26|16 pages

A case study research project

Personal reflections
BySophia Ji

chapter 27|20 pages

Etics, emics and ethnomethodology in accounting research

ByVassili Joannidès de Lautour

chapter 28|19 pages

Ethical considerations in qualitative research

Personal experiences from the field
ByEsin Ozdil, Chaturika Seneviratne, Xuan Thuy Mai

chapter 29|40 pages

Conducting oral history research

Reflections from the field
ByKathie Ross