The first author is Professor of Accounting at the College of Business and Economics, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. The second author is Executive Director, Professional Standards, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, UK. The third author is Professor of Organisation and Consumption, University of Leicester, UK. They would like to thank Carol Adams, James Guthrie, David Owen, Geoff Whittington and two anonymous referees for their very constructive comments on earlier versions of this paper.
Engagement Research in Public Sector Accounting
Article first published online: 11 MAR 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Financial Accountability & Management
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 189–214, May 2012
How to Cite
Ball, A., Soare, V. and Brewis, J. (2012), Engagement Research in Public Sector Accounting. Financial Accountability & Management, 28: 189–214. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0408.2012.00542.x
- Issue published online: 11 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 11 MAR 2012
- engagement research;
- public sector;
- sustainability reporting
Abstract: This paper argues for the value of engagement research in order to encourage public sector accounting academics to take such an approach. Given that there is little evidence about the practice or value of engagement research, however, we set out to explore, evaluate and establish the lessons learned from a specific episode of engagement research. In outlining a project carried out between 2003 and 2005 by Amanda Ball and Vernon Soare, which sought to promote sustainability reporting in public service organisations, we argue that this form of research may positively impact government, public policy, professional accounting institutions and others involved in regulating or otherwise standardising public sector accounting practice.