Research traditions in accounting (ONLINE)

Time and place: Week 7, Spring 2022, Aalto University, ONLINE course (Zoom)

Learning goal and objectives:

The course provides an overview of research traditions in accounting covering main areas of research in financial accounting, management accounting, auditing, and corporate governance. The course discusses how research is carried out in each of these areas, connecting ‘state-of-the-art’ overview of accounting research to different research approaches and strategies.

Instruction and examination:

Seminar type of lectures, in a four-day intensive format. Participants prepare for a course studying the readings indicated by each lecturer and answer the homework questions. Participants are expected to participate actively, and write an essay after the sessions.

Info/reading package:

Credits: 6 ECTS

Grading: Evaluation is based on participation in lectures, pre course assignments and an essay. Evaluation is Passed/failed.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites. Introductory course to accounting research.

Admittance: The maximum number of students is 25 and the participants will be selected on the basis of KATAJA’s general instructions. There is no course fee. However, each student is responsible for her/his travel expenses, accommodation and meals.

Application deadline is 3 January, and students are notified of acceptance 10 January. To apply, send your CV and an application with the following information to the course coordinator:

Name *
Email *
University *
Department *
Discipline *
Year when officially accepted as doctoral student *
Research area/ Subject of thesis *
Phase of doctoral studies *
Motives for participating in the course *

Please send the application in one pdf document with file name firstname_lastname_application


Day 1: Monday 14.2.

Kari Lukka, University of Turku,

Paradigms, theories and methodologies in conducting accounting research

Lasse Niemi, Aalto University,

Causal Inference in observational accounting research

Overview of main themes and approaches in auditing research

Day 2: Tuesday 15.2

Juha-Pekka Kallunki, University of Oulu

Overview of research trends in financial accounting

Day 3: Wednesday 16.2

Kalle Kraus, Stockholm School of Economics,

Part I: Research in management accounting and control – from contingency theory to Gabriel Tarde

Part II: Crafting a contribution in management accounting and control research

Day 4: Thursday 17.2

Eduardo Schiehll, HEC Montréal,

Seppo Ikäheimo, Aalto University,

Research in corporate governance – main theories and research methods

Course coordinator and contact information:

Anila Kiran, Aalto University,

Lasse Niemi, Aalto University,