oa Business Management Review - Organisational research paradigms and implications for accounting studies

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0856-2253



The paper discusses the different points of view taken in organisational studies and reviews literature from and arguing for the three main research paradigmatic positions in accounting (mainstream, interpretative and critical). The paradigm model developed by Burrell and Morgan (1979) is discussed and eventually made use of as the paradigmatic mapping tool. While arguments made for paradigm incommensurability are raised, the paper also submits contemporary views that seek to identifY common features between the interpretative and critical paradigms, and understand paradigm positions along a continuum of perspectives. These are reflected in 'middle range thinking' and other attempts to integrate elements of critical perspectives into the interpretative research framework.

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