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Audit Research and Publication W. Robert Knechel University of Florida University of Auckland Maastricht University Before I was married I had three theories.

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1 Audit Research and Publication W. Robert Knechel University of Florida University of Auckland Maastricht University Before I was married I had three theories of child- rearing; Now I have three children and no theories. Earl of Rochester, 1680. We call this empirical Research!

2 Some general comments We are ALL social scientists. All research is easy to do badly. Multiple methods are good: – Archival studies – Survey – Experimental – Field studies Search for associations defines our research regardless of method Fruitful efforts at the intersection of theories: Economics, psychology, anthropology (sociology): – EX: Why do managers commit fraud? © W.R. Knechel

3 Selecting/Developing a Project What is the research issue/question? Is it interesting (to researcher and research community)? Does researcher possess (or can obtain) the necessary skills? Is data obtainable? Does data fit the research question? Are results interesting? How much needs to be in the paper? – Prior research? – Theory? – Description of data? – Supplementary analysis?

4 © W.R. Knechel Initial Submission of Papers Dont rush! Share paper with colleagues. Present paper at research symposia. Capture and consider all constructive (or other) comments – If an issue is raised in an informal setting among friends, it will probably be raised in the review process! Allow paper time to mature before submission Match paper to mission/culture of the journal. Prepare paper in accordance with guidelines of the journal.

5 © W.R. Knechel Revision and Resubmission Carefully evaluate all reviewer comments. Then do it again after you calm down. Classify comments as: – Editorial (organization, references, writing style) – Theoretical (justification, motivation, contribution) – Empirical, feasible – Empirical, limitations Revise paper based on those classifications. Prepare response to reviewersrespond to every single point in detail! – Make it easy for the least attentive reviewer to see how you responded

6 © W.R. Knechel Vide et crede or In dubio? In research, the horizon recedes as we advance, and is no nearer at sixty than at twenty … research is always incomplete. (Mark Pattison, 1875) Mathematics has given economics rigor but, alas, also mortis. (Robert Heilbronner, date unknown) There are now-a-days professors of philosophy but not philosophers. (Henry David Thoreau, 1862).


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