Back in 2009 Professor Anthony Hopwood wrote an article for ICAEW on management accounting systems, based on his research. I had the job of editing the piece for publication. It was no surprise the substance of the piece was excellent but I did have some concerns about the way it was written and whether it would connect with practitioners. I made some changes but was nervous about sending these back to such a distinguished scholar. My covering email was suitable humble!
I needn’t have worried. Anthony was very complimentary about my work and, I think tongue in cheek, suggested I could help edit a book he was writing. This did wonders for my confidence in working with academics on articles and reports designed for practitioners. I have also had a little experience of writing for an academic audience in journals and books.
Some of the things I have learned:
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I like this initiative to shape professional accountants' thoughts on communicating research by accountants in practice. I am a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya now doing Msc. in Quantitative Research Methods with a keen interest on qualifying as an ACA. We are under challenge by other professionals like medics who also have access to data from their daily work like accountants and doing a great deal of work in communicating their research findings to the society. Four ways through which they have answered the question above are: continuous learning/training in conducting and communicating quality research; owning and maintaining high quality peer reviewed research journals; leveraging on partnerships with academia and other professional bodies to conduct and communicate research; leveraging on technology to conduct and communicate research.