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Research Productivity of Accounting Academics in Challenging Times: A meta-analysis


Wills, D and Ridley, G and Mitev, H, Research Productivity of Accounting Academics in Challenging Times: A meta-analysis, Schedule and Papers of the the 2nd International Colloquium on Business and Management in conjunction with the International Conference on Business and Management Education, 17-20 November 2008, Bangkok Palace Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, pp. 1-16. ISBN 978-1-60530-424-3 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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In recent years a number of governments around the world have introduced assurance mechanisms for research, designed to increase the research productivity of higher education institutions. Such mechanisms have put pressure on accounting academics and schools to increase and improve their research output. These challenges co-exist with an international demand for accounting graduates leading to increased teaching loads. These developments make it timely to investigate the factors that affect the research productivity of accounting academics. The research reported upon in this paper undertook a meta-analysis of studies from accounting and related disciplines that examined factors influencing the research productivity of academics and were published between 1988 and 2008. The aim of the paper was to study factors considered to impact on accounting academics’ research productivity and investigate the most important in the recent context of increased workloads, and revenue-driven research and teaching models. A data-driven approach to thematic analysis was used to cluster the multiple factors identified into nine categories. Three clusters of factors that accounted for researcher productivity were found to have had most focus in the studies over the period. These were "Institutional characteristics", "Intrinsic motivation" and "Knowledge, skills and other individual characteristics". The dominance of these categories and the recent increased number of studies in the area are consistent with the changed tensions on universities and accounting academics. The results of this study may assist accounting schools to focus their resources more effectively and serve to guide academics on ways to increase individual research efficiency.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:accounting faculty, research productivity, international perspective, metaanalysis,academic workloads, revenue-driven research, revenue-driven teaching, thematic analysis.
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Accounting, auditing and accountability
Research Field:Accounting, auditing and accountability not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Productivity (excl. public sector)
UTAS Author:Wills, D (Dr Debbie Wills)
UTAS Author:Ridley, G (Dr Gail Ridley)
UTAS Author:Mitev, H (Mrs Helena Mitev)
ID Code:55745
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Accounting and Corporate Governance
Deposited On:2009-03-12
Last Modified:2014-11-03
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