Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association. He was recognized for his contributions to the Section and the research he performed throughout the years. Hoped discusses the issues he believes are critical to understanding the rent state of management accounting research and practice.
He talks about the increasing presence of “mainstream” tendencies and how this approach is hindering a typically diverse and open-minded field. He provides his opinion about the need to integrate design and social science perspectives Into the field, and lastly, explains ways In which the accounting academic sphere Is becoming autonomous. First, Hoped discusses his fears regarding the changes in management accounting practices and why they are not beneficial to advancing studies in the field.
He believes the “mainstream” tendencies have caused accounting programs to become less diverse involving fewer perspectives and approaches to issues. He believes that accounting requires a wide range of understanding-?not only of the subject, but It’s context as well. Since mainstream approaches fall to consider sociological and political Insights. Key factors underlying accounting processes cannot be analyzed. Hoped argues “a diversity of research approaches is needed if the aim is to provide a more complete understanding of the issues related” (5).
To move away from mainstream accounting toward a more diverse approach it is necessary that the Management Accounting Section strives to resist conformity, encourage innovation, and emphasize intellectual and methodical problems. Management accounting requires both design and social science approaches to successfully Investigate and Implement organizational change and Improvement. Implications of a new accounting process, such as a new costing system, indicate a need for the integration of understanding the system design and understanding the social science disciplines that provide a view into the functionality of the organization.
Hoped encourages the two approaches in the article and believes the Integration of them will lead to opportunities for accounting researchers to be Involved In system design. The last issue Hoped addresses in his article relates to the increasing autonomy of the research sphere. In recent years accounting research has become distant from practice; both institutional and personal pressures have contributed. Hoped believes that an interlinking between the worlds of practice and research s necessary to facilitate communication and the flow of ideas between the two.