Presentation on theme: "1 Potential Resources: Overview Sociology & Anthropology Qualitative research methods Social Theory Organizational Theory History The new accounting history."— Presentation transcript:
1 Potential Resources: Overview Sociology & Anthropology Qualitative research methods Social Theory Organizational Theory History The new accounting history Oral history etc.
2 Learning by Doing Not just book work The craft of qualitative work Engaging the field Can learn by doing Examples Downsizing piece With senior colleague JMAR 2001 Weberian archetypes of downsizing decision See this in Wright presentation notes Tests of factual knowledge? Social desirability
3 Examples History of Efficiency Auditing Archives Interviews Reciprocal nature The expansion of practice Development of claims to expertise Development of communities of expertise AOS 1998 How do you audit for efficiency? Manuals & Standards? Or observed practice? Followed three efficiency audits from start to finish Passive observation Plus confirmatory interviews And archive Triangulation AOS 1999
4 The Importance of Context Not just local Reliability of narrative Triangulation Persuasiveness Sense making What does this tell us about how work is conducted? How work is framed Pointers Social Theory E.g., Development of bodies of expertise Organizational Theory Patterns of behavior across organizations E.g., Professional Bodies Vision projects Giddens (1990) Expert Systems Reliance on professional claims Abbott (1988) Growth & replacement of knowledge Hopwood (1987) Antecedents Professional projects that are disavowed, overtaken by events Forging links Between accounting, organizations and society A welcome development