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Special Issue on the Accounting Academic

Special issue call for papers from Meditari Accountancy Research

Call for papers

Meditari Accountancy Research

Special Issue on

The accounting academic
Guest Editors: Grant Samkin, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
([email protected])
Annika Schneider, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand ([email protected])

Submissions are invited for a Meditari Accountancy Research special issue with a focus on the accounting academic. Until recently, research focusing on this topic was sporadic and often limited to obituary pieces about internationally renowned scholars who had made a significant contribution to the discipline (see for example, Burows, 1997; Graham et al., 2011; Guthrie & Parker, 2010; Klumpes, 2003; Mladenovic and Poullaos, 2005; Power, 2000). This call for papers then is motivated by the relative absence of research focusing on the accounting academic.

Over the last three decades academics have faced numerous challenges. In a number of countries the university educational landscape has undergone substantial change due to higher education sector reforms, particularly as a consequence of new public management (Parker, 2010), changing university funding models, a quest for increased accountability, evolving public expectations and increased competition between universities and from private sector providers (Adams, 1998; Parker, 2010; Subramaniam, 2003; Wright and Chalmers, 2010). In an early study Adams (1998) described some of these changes as threatening the traditional academic culture of freedom and autonomy. She argued that university academics have become ``besieged by the alien culture of managerialism with its own vocabulary of `client', `quality assurance', and `product''' (Adams, 1998, p. 421).

In recent years however there has been an increased focus on the plight of the academic, particularly in countries where new public management has resulted in corporatised and commercialised universities and where education has become an export product (see for example, Parker, 2010). Substantial increases in international student numbers in some countries, including Australia and the UK, has impacted teaching quality due in part to intolerable teaching loads, and reduced research output necessary for career advancement. See for example, Parker (2012) for a critical evaluation of the Australian contemporary university environment as well as its impact on accounting academics.

While academics in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the UK have to deal with corporatised and commercialised university environments, their colleagues in developing countries face very different but no less challenging work environments. These include large class sizes, students from disadvantaged educational backgrounds, lack of teaching resources, poor salaries, threats to academic freedom, as well as complying with government transformation and growth strategies.

While the previous paragraphs highlight some of the difficulties facing accounting academics these are by no means the only potential avenues of research. A review of other disciplines can highlight fruitful areas of research. As an example, the communication discipline highlights how autoethnography can be used to craft an interesting narrative. Ellis (2011) examines aspects of her life as an academic and in particular how she deals with stress, interruption, caring, and committed intensity. Ellis explains that her story is a mindful revision of how she wants to live, as well as stimulating readers to reflect on their own lives. In a second paper, Dillon (2012) describes his experience as a communication doctoral student and the father of a young child. A ``layered account'', is used to describe his experience, both as a new parent and graduate student, as he struggled to maintain a sense of balance between the seemingly oppositional ``callings'' of fatherhood and academe. Given this background, potential contributors are therefore encouraged to draw on other disciplines when considering making a contribution to this special issue and to consider interdisciplinary approaches.

Authors are encouraged to contact the guest editors in advance to discuss their proposed topics. Submissions must be written in English and forwarded electronically, to the guest editor by 30 June 2013. This special issue is scheduled to be published in 2014.

Contributions from all accounting academics and in particular those from developing countries are encouraged.

Scope of special issue

The scope of this special is very wide. An indicative list of themes includes, but is not limited to:

.After more than a decade does Adams's (1998) view that the tradition of academic culture of freedom and autonomy has been surpassed with a culture of managerialism, and associated vocabulary of ``client'', ``quality assurance'' and ``product'' still hold?

.How do individuals see their role in regards to higher education becoming increasingly commercialised, with academics becoming commoditised in the process?

.The use of autoethnography to communicate lived experience in stories, with scenes, dialogue, character development, and plot. This could include the use of a collaborative and reflexive interview technique, with an individual occupying a dual role of researcher and participant

.How should accounting academics engage with issues of social justice, ethical conduct and social responsibility in the wake of the global financial crisis?

.Challenges facing accounting academics when engaging with policy and practice

.The role of the accounting academic in society

.Dealing with the teaching/research tension

.The relevance of accounting academic research to practitioners, particularly in developing countries

.The future roles and responsibilities of accounting academics in engaging with rapid technological innovation and Generation C

.Biography of accounting academics who have made significant contributions in a national and international context

.Dealing with being a qualitative researcher in an environment in which tenure and promotion is largely based on quantitative work

.Dealing with work/life balance

.Relevance of CPD to professionally qualified accounting academics

.The appeal of an academic career

.Quality sustainable accounting education and research quality and diversity in a commercialised research environment.


Submissions in English should be made via ScholarOne Manuscripts, Meditari Accountancy Research's online submission and peer review system. This special issue is scheduled to be published in early 2014. Registration and access is available at: https://mc.manuscript Full information and guidance on using ScholarOne Manuscripts is available at the Emerald ScholarOne Manuscripts Support Centre:

The Full Author Guideline for the journal can be found here: www. htm?id=medar

Submission deadline: 30 June 2013


Adams, D. (1998), ``Examining the fabric of academic life: an analysis of three decades of research on the perceptions of Australian academics about their roles'', Higher Education, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 213-33.

Burows, G. (1997), ``Professor Louis Goldberg, AO'', Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting, Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 291-2.

Dillon, P.J. (2012), ``Unbalanced: an autoethnography of fatherhood in academe'', Journal of Family Communication, Vol 12 No. 4, pp. 284-99.

Ellis, C. (2011), ``Jumping on and off the runaway train of success: stress and committed intensity in an academic life'', Symbolic Interaction, Vol. 34 No. 2, pp. 158-72.

Graham, C., Guthrie, J. and Parker, L.D. (2011), ``Norman Macintosh'', Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 24 No. 6.

Guthrie, P.J. and Parker, L.D. (2010), ``Vale Anthony Hopwood: 1944- 2010'', Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 23 No. 6.

Klumpes, P. (2003), ``Obituary: Professor Tony Steele'', The British Accounting Review, Vol. 35 No. 4, pp. 297-307.

Mladenovic, R. and Poullaos, C. (2005), ``Obituary: Professor W.P. (Bill) Birkett (1940-2004)'', Accounting Education, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 113-17.

Parker, L.D. (2010), ``Introducing the commercialised university environment: preliminary reflections on the trajectory of change'',
in Evans, E., Burritt, R. and Guthrie, J. (Eds), Accounting Education at a Crossroad in 2010, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, Sydney, Australia.

Parker, L.D. (2012), ``Beyond the ticket and the brand: imagining an accounting research future'', Accounting & Finance,
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-629X.2012.00507.x.

Power, M. (2000), ``Obituary: Dieter Ordelheide (1939-2000)'', European Accounting Review, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 341-3.

Subramaniam, N. (2003), ``Factors affecting the career progress of academic accountants in Australia: cross-institutional and gender perspectives'', Higher Education, Vol. 45, pp. 507-42.

Wright, S. and Chalmers, K. (2010), ``The future for accounting academics in Australia'', in Evans, E., Burritt, R. and Guthrie, J. (Eds), Accounting Education at a Crossroad in 2010, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, Sydney, Australia.