A Brief Introduction to Alternative Accounting Research
Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
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This presentation will introduce the field of alternative accounting research—the interpretive and critical studies of social and organizational accounting practices with qualitive research methods. Beginning with the concept of research paradigms and the classification of accounting research, the presenter will present the history and development of alternative accounting research, including the key regions, researchers, journals, common methods, and common theoretical frameworks. The presenter will introduce her own alternative accounting research projects towards the end.
Claire Deng is a faculty of Accounting at the Ted Rogers School of Management. Her teaching interests are in management accounting. Her educational background includes laws, cultural and religious studies, and accounting (from Peking University, McGill University, and York University’s Schulich School of Business). She is trained in and has been conducting both qualitative and quantitative accounting research. Her main area of research is qualitative field studies from sociological and philosophical perspectives. Her research on the roles that accounting and accountability play in our society ranges from accounting in corporations, accounting for the public interest, to accounting for individuals’ everyday life. Deng’s works are interdisciplinary in nature that involve approaches from anthropology, sociology, history, linguistics, and literary theories.