Title: Role of doctoral education in shaping minds and thinking: reflection on my doctoral education at Case Western Reserve University

Authors: Khalid Rasheed Al-Adeem

Addresses: King Saud University, P.O. Box 71678, AlDereyahd 11597, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Abstract: Earning a doctorate entails the learning of skills necessary to investigate the underlying truth of issues and exposure to epistemology that portrays reality. Subscribing to a certain epistemology and training plays a pivotal role in the perception students develop once they become an accounting academic. Doctoral studies, generally, focus on pre-setting students' minds to utility and convincing them of the usability of prescribed meta-theory. However, preparing a thoughtful and independent scholar mandates multiplicity in research methodologies and methods to broaden the academic's ontological horizon. Thus, in addition to discussing the philosophies of running a PhD program in accounting, in this essay, I highlight a PhD program that broadens students' perspectives.

Keywords: accounting doctoral education; paradigm; positive accounting science; publishing; journals; multiplicity; research methodologies; research methods; philosophy; research; Kuhnian interpretation; Case Western Reserve University.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCA.2017.090578

International Journal of Critical Accounting, 2017 Vol.9 No.5/6, pp.494 - 513

Received: 22 Dec 2016
Accepted: 11 Sep 2017

Published online: 09 Mar 2018 *

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