The global accounting academic: what counts!

James Guthrie*, Lee D. Parker

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: This editorial aims to consider the global accounting academic and the environment in which we research and teach, including consideration of the challenges that confront us now and into the future. Design/methodology/approach: Document review, personal reflections and argument. Findings: The paper acknowledges that the accounting academic has an important role to play in a global higher education system. However, challenges include government research performance measurement systems, journal ranking lists, lack of funding for quality teaching and research, life as a "cash cow" for universities, the impact of the virtual university and its impact on professional practice, the profession and society in general. These factors carry direct implications for the current shape and orientation of accounting research and scholarship. Research limitations/implications: The paper offers scope for accounting academics to engage with the profession and society as to the impact of their teaching and research, not only in Australia, but internationally. Originality/value: The paper provides important commentary on the global accounting academic and what counts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-14
Number of pages13
JournalAccounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • publishing
  • accounting
  • education and academics
  • business school
  • ranking
  • accounting profession
  • interdisciplinary research


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