Realizing the potential of interdisciplinarity in accounting research

O’Dwyer, Brendan and Unerman, J. (2014) Realizing the potential of interdisciplinarity in accounting research. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 27 (8). pp. 1227-1232. ISSN 0951-3574

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the meaning of interdisciplinarity in accounting research and the possible benefits of moving toward a more integrated interdisciplinary approach. It also examines the drawbacks and institutional impediments to such a move. Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws upon and synthesizes the authors’ experiences of involvement in the interdisciplinary accounting community over the past two decades. Findings – The paper distinguishes between interdisciplinarity at the field level and interdisciplinarity within individual studies. Noting a lack of study-level interdisciplinarity within accounting research, it explores the potential for novel insights emerging from encouragement of such an approach. Research limitations/implications – Institutional impediments to study-level interdisciplinarity need to be addressed if the accounting academy is to realize the potentially powerful benefits and social contribution of such an approach to research. A key limitation is that the paper is based primarily on the observations and perspectives of the authors. Originality/value – The paper provides a distinction between field-level and study-level interdisciplinarity. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal
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?? approaches to accounting researchinterdisciplinarityinterdisciplinary accounting researchaccountingeconomics, econometrics and finance (miscellaneous) ??
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