Addressing directions in interdisciplinary accounting research

Lee D. Parker*, James Guthrie

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to address and critique the current state and trajectory of the interdisciplinary accounting movement.

Design/methodology/approach - An interdisciplinary literature sourced analysis and critique of the movement’s positioning and trajectory.

Findings - It observes the creeping currency of the financial economics-based accounting research tradition, with its attendant limitations in scope and policy/practice relevance of its subject matter and findings. The paper reveals the persistent growth and development of an interdisciplinary accounting community despite the pressures of careerist research score-based goal displacement produced by government and university performance measurement systems.

Originality/value - The interdisciplinary movement is seen as offering issues focused and innovation- driven research that aims to engage with the complexities of the organisational and institutional actors’ worlds. This remit remains essential to the challenge of the accounting academy’s pursuit of issues of societal significance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1218-1219
Number of pages2
JournalAccounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2014


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