I accepted the invitation to present my thoughts to the American Accounting Association Executive Committee on whether accounting research has become stagnant for several reasons. First, I believe the question is important because the answer has widespread implications, one of which is the extent to which accounting research will remain an important part of the accounting academic profession in the years to come. In order to maintain the current stature of accounting research or to increase its importance, we need to ensure that we produce research that someone cares about. Second, there appears to be a growing sentiment among some accounting researchers that much of the research currently published in the top accounting journals is too similar, with too much emphasis on technique rather than on whether the research addresses an interesting or important question. My final reason was more self-serving. I thought this would provide a good opportunity...

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