4th Qualitative Accounting Research Symposium
Department of Management, Lang School of Business & Economics, University of Guelph
Sponsored by the Canadian Academic Accounting Association
Dates: Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29, 2019
Venue: University of Guelph, Guelph ON N1G 2W1
The Qualitative Accounting Research Symposium (QARS) brings together researchers and accounting faculty who share an interest in qualitative accounting research from diverse methodological and theoretical perspectives. The Symposium provides a high-profile forum for scholars (academics and research students) to discuss accounting practice and research issues in a social, political, and economic context of humankind. The Symposium features a keynote speaker and a panel discussion. The Keynote Speaker for this year is Professor Alan Sangster from University of Aberdeen (UK), and the topic for the panel discussion is: ‘What is Accounting History – ‘Subject’ vs ‘Method’’. Read more
“Critical Auditing Studies: Adopting a Critical Lens toward Contemporary Audit Discourse, Practice and Regulation”
Deadline for submissions: March 29, 2019
Recent decades have seen significant growth in interpretive studies of contemporary audit practice and regulation. This literature has provided valuable insights into the ongoing developments in the audit field, documenting, among other things, the shifting culture within audit firms and the proliferation of the commercialistic values and incentives; motivations for, dynamics and consequences of changes in audit technology; and individual audit practitioner’s and firm’s responses to the challenges presented by the changing regulatory environments, at both national and transnational levels (Cooper & Robson, 2006; Robson, Humphrey, Khalifa & Jones, 2007; Malsch & Gendron, 2013; Spence & Carter, 2014). While substantially enhancing our understanding of auditing as a social and organizational phenomenon, much of the literature has taken a predominantly explanatory stance on the above developments where scholars observe and make sense of, rather than critically appraise the significance and potential ramifications of, these dynamics and events. There is therefore a risk that, despite the growing scholarly interest in the backstage of audit work and the conduct and governance of audit firms, we are losing sight of the “bigger picture”, such as the implications of the above for the role and societal relevance of the audit function, the standing of auditing in a multi-disciplinary audit firm context, and the future of auditing as a profession.
This special issue provides an opportunity to engage in a critically-flavored yet constructive debate about auditing and the direction it is taking.
Download the full submission information and call for papers
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically. The guest editors welcome enquiries from those who are interested in submitting. All papers will be reviewed in accordance with the normal processes of Critical Perspectives on Accounting. It is anticipated that this special issue will be published in 2021.
Any queries or enquiries about the special issue should be directed to Anna Samsonova-Taddei.
Guest Editor: Ron Baker, Associate Professor (Accounting) University of Guelph
Submission deadline: December 31, 2020
Aims and Scope
Government accounting and reporting protects the public interest by helping to hold governments accountable and to manage public money (Chan 2003). In 2018, The Public Sector Accounting Board of Canada released its Statement of Concepts for a revised conceptual framework for the Canadian public sector. Read more