Interventionist research in accounting: reflections on the good, the bad and the ugly

Vicki C. Baard, John Dumay

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Our paper advances understanding of interventionist research (IVR) as a qualitative accounting research approach. It reflects on the potential value, challenges and key issues, as manifested by the good, the bad and the ugly. The reflection contributes towards clarifying the IVR landscape, thereby forging a future path for IVR as a legitimate qualitative methodology, to enthuse qualitative researchers to produce accounting research relevant to theory, practice and society. The primary contribution is synthesising the interventionist theory and practice literature encompassing a view of the good, the bad and the ugly in interventionist accounting research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1979-2006
Number of pages28
JournalAccounting and Finance
Issue number3
Early online date14 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020


  • Intervention theory
  • Interventionist research
  • Qualitative accounting research
  • Research methodology


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