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Measurement and assessment of accounting research, impact and engagement

O'Connell, BT, De Lange, P, Martin-Sardesai, A and Agyemang, G 2020 , 'Measurement and assessment of accounting research, impact and engagement' , Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal , doi: 10.1108/AAAJ-05-2020-4560.

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine prominent issues and knowledge contributions fromresearch exploring measurement and assessment of accounting research, impact and engagement. This paperalso provides an overview of the other papers presented in this AAAJ Special Issue and draws from theirfindings to scope out future impactful research opportunities in this area.Design/methodology/approach: Consists of a review and examination of the prior literature and the otherpapers published in this AAAJ Special Issue.Findings: The paper identifies and summarises three key research themes in the extant literature: researchproductivity of accounting academics; the rise of the “Corporate University” and commodification of research;and, the benefits and limitations of Research Assessment Exercises. It draws upon work within these researchthemes to set out four broad areas for future impactful research.Research limitations/implications – The value of this paper rests with collating and synthesising severalimportant research themes on the nature and impact of measurement and assessment of accounting research,impact and engagement, and in prompting future extensions of this work through setting out areas for furtherinnovative research in the area.Practical implications: The research examined in this paper and the future research avenues proposed arehighly relevant to university academics, administrators and regulators/policymakers. They also offerimportant insights into matters of accounting measurement, accountability, and control more generally.Originality/value: This paper adds to vibrant existing streams of research in the area by bringing togetherauthors from different areas of accounting research for this AAAJ Special Issue. In scoping out an agenda forimpactful research in the nature and impact of measurement and assessment of accounting research, impactand engagement, this paper also draws attention to underexplored issues pertaining to areas such as the “lived experience” of academics in the corporatised university and envisioning what a future “optimal” system ofmeasurement and assessment of research quality might look like?

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:O'Connell, BT and De Lange, P and Martin-Sardesai, A and Agyemang, G
Keywords: research assessment, research measurement, journal rankings, accounting, university management
Journal or Publication Title: Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN: 0951-3574
DOI / ID Number: 10.1108/AAAJ-05-2020-4560
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