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Balancing acts in qualitative accounting research

Sven Modell (Manchester Accounting and Finance Group, Manchester Business School, Manchester, UK)
Christopher Humphrey (Manchester Accounting and Finance Group, Manchester Business School, Manchester, UK)

Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management

ISSN: 1176-6093

Article publication date: 6 June 2008




The purpose of this paper is to reflect on the motivation for this special issue and its contributions.


This paper is a conceptual editorial piece which discusses current methodological tendencies in qualitative accounting research.


The paper argues that qualitative research involves some balancing acts between, on the one hand, pragmatic and aesthetic aspects and, on the other, the necessary steps for establishing trust in a particular piece of research. The authors explicate how this is manifest in the contributions to this special issue.


This paper highlights the need for greater attention to the many pragmatic aspects associated with qualitative accounting research rarely accounted for in previous texts on the topic.



Modell, S. and Humphrey, C. (2008), "Balancing acts in qualitative accounting research", Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 92-100.



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