Title: The role of a pragmatist paradigm when adopting mixed methods in behavioural accounting research

Authors: John A. Brierley

Addresses: Management School, University of Sheffield, Conduit Road, Sheffield, S10 1FL, UK

Abstract: This paper argues that a flexible approach should be adopted in the application of mixed methods research in behavioural accounting research by conducting it within the pragmatic paradigm, especially when a paradigm is defined as shared beliefs among members of a speciality area. By doing this, behavioural accounting researchers are not restricted by ontological and epistemological issues when deciding on how to address a variety of different research questions.

Keywords: behavioural accounting research; critical realism; mixed methods research; paradigms; pragmatism.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBAF.2017.086432

International Journal of Behavioural Accounting and Finance, 2017 Vol.6 No.2, pp.140 - 154

Received: 08 Aug 2016
Accepted: 30 Mar 2017

Published online: 10 Sep 2017 *

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