The practical relevance of public sector accounting research: time to take a stand

van Helden, J., 2019, In : Public Money & Management. 39, 8, p. 595-598 4 p.

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This article discusses three major themes that challenge researchers to focus more on practice-relevant public sector accounting research: How to combine practice-oriented research with being an impartial scholar? Which types of research themes have practical relevance? How can research contribute to societally-relevant issues?

Researchers need to identify their niche in doing practice-relevant public sector accounting research in a way that shows they are quite different from consultants. Promising themes for practice-relevant research are design-focused interventionist and evaluative research. Practitioners are encouraged to take notice of research in their field of interest; researchers need to make their studies accessible to practitioners via specific media, such as professional journals or web-logs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-598
Number of pages4
JournalPublic Money & Management
Issue number8
Early online date30-May-2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019



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