Qualitative research and case study research in accounting

REG518NFB Qualitative research and case study research in accounting

  • Topics

    Topics

     

    • The diverse uses of case studies in different research methodologies
    • What is meant by 'case study' and 'case study research' and when it is an appropriate choice of research design - what are the implications of choosing a case study design?
    • Examining different uses of case study in accounting research, and critiquing designs.
    • Issues of validity, reliability and generalization.
    • Practical issues of case study research for doctoral projects.
    • Weaknesses of case study design.
    • Critiquing existing case research papers.
    • Writing up and getting published in research journals

  • Learning outcome

    Learning outcome

     

    Case studies are increasingly being used in many disciplines, and it is recognised that case research can be powerful in developing, modifying and extending theory in both exploratory and explanatory research designs. This course focuses on case study research and the roles of case studies in different methodological traditions in the fields of accounting and management. It will cover the characteristics of good case research design and issues relating to writing-up the results of case research.

     

     

    On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:

    • Understand how case study research methods are used in different methodologies.
    • Understand the different uses in case studies in different areas of accounting and management research.
    • Design and analyze case studies
    • Critique existing case study research papers.

  • Teaching

    Teaching

  • Required prerequisites

    Required prerequisites

    Preparation for the course:

     

    Participants are expected to submit a one-page summary of their research; identifying the nature of the research issues, the research methods adopted, and their progress to date.

    In addition to the above preliminary readings, prior to the course participants will be given several (about 5 ¿ depending on the number of participants) references to published case studies, and they will be expected to be familiar them. In addition, groups of participants will be asked to lead a discussion of one of these cases during the course. They will also be asked to read and critique a working paper which was subsequently published in Management Accounting Research.

     

  • Requirements for course approval

    Requirements for course approval

    Participants are expected to submit a one-page summary of their research; identifying the nature of the research issues, the research methods adopted, and their progress to date.

    In addition to the above preliminary readings, prior to the course participants will be given several (about 5 ¿ depending on the number of participants) references to published case studies, and they will be expected to be familiar them. In addition, groups of participants will be asked to lead a discussion of one of these cases during the course. They will also be asked to read and critique a working paper which was subsequently published in Management Accounting Research.

  • Assessment

    Assessment

    Following the course each participant will be required to undertake the following assignment which will subsequently be assessed and feedback will be provided.

    Select any published research paper in your research field that uses case study research methods and critically evaluate the way in which the case study is used in the paper.

    The length should not exceed 1500 words. This means that the critique has to be concise and clearly focused on the methodological issues and research methods.

  • Grading Scale

    Grading Scale

    Grading: Pass / fail.

  • Computer tools

    Computer tools

    none

  • Semester

    Semester

    Currently not offered.

  • Literature

    Literature

    Preliminary reading:

    The following two papers, which will be discussed during the lectures, must be read before the course:

    Merchant, K.A., and Riccaboni, A., Performance-based Management Incentives in the Fiat Group: A Field, Management Accounting Research, Vol.1 No.4, December 1990, pp.281-303.

    Scapens, R.W. and Roberts, J. Accounting and Control: A Case Study of Resistance to Accounting and Change, Management Accounting Research, Vol.4 No.1, March 1993, pp.1-32.

    The following reading provides additional background:

    Scapens, R. W., (2004), "Doing Case Study Research", in Humphrey, C. & B Lee (Eds), The Real Life Guide to Accounting Research, Elsevier, pp. 257-279.

    The following two books cover much of the material to be discussed in the course and should provide source books both during and after the course:

    Mason, Jennifer, Qualitative Researching, Sage, 2nd edition, 2002.

    Flick, Uwe, An Introduction to Qualitative Research, Sage, 4th edition 2009.

Overview

ECTS Credits
5
Teaching language
English.
Semester
Spring, Autumn

Course responsible

Robert W. Scapens, PhD, MA (Econ.), FCA

Accounting and Finance Group, Manchester Business School