This is my reading list for taught Masters level research methods. The course is designed for students in accounting (including forensic accounting), finance and (business) economics.


Core texts

Bryman, A., & Bell, E. (2007). Business research methods (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Levine, D. M., Stephan, D. F., & Szabat, K. A. (2014). Statistics for Managers using Microsoft Excel (7th ed.). Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education Ltd


Research philosophy

Berger , P.L. and Luckman, T. (1966) The Social Construction of Reality. Available from: social-construction-of-reality.pdf

Berkeley, G. (1710 [2002]) A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge

Descartes, R. (1641 [1911]) Meditations on First Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. Available from:

Heidegger, M. (1927 [1962]) Being and Time. New York: State University of New York. Available from:,Martin/Heidegger, Martin - Being and Time/Being and Time.pdf

Hume, D. (1739 [1896]) A Treatise of Human Nature. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kant, E. (1787 [online]) Critique of Pure Reason. Adelaide, South Australia: University of Adelaide Library. Available from:

Kuhn, T.S. (1970) The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (2nd ed.). Chicago, London. University of Chicago Press. Available from:

Popper, K. (1959). The logic of scientific discovery. London and New York: Routledge.

Popper, K. (1972). Objective Knowledge: An  Evolutionary Approach. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Popper, K. (1994). The Myth of the Framework. In Defence of Science and Rationality. London and New York. Routledge


Qualitative research

Centre for Longitudinal Studies (2015). National Child Development Study. Available from:

Griseri, P. (2002) Management Knowledge: A Critical View, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Jensen, J.V. (1978). A Heuristic for the Analysis of the Nature and Extent of a Problem. Journal of Creative Behaviour. Vol 12: 68-180

Kvale, S. (1996). InterViews: An Introduction to Qualitative Research Interviewing. SAGE. Thousand Oaks, California.

Lincoln, Y.S. (1995) Emerging criteria for quality in qualitative and interpretive research. Qualitative Inquiry. 1 (3): 275-289

Morgan, G. and Smircich, L. (1980)  The Case for Qualitative Research. The Academy of Management Review  5 (4): 491-500

National Archives (2015). UK Data Archive. Available from:


Quantitative research

Stevens, S. (1946). On the Theory of Scales of Measurement. Science. 103 (2684): 677–680. Available from:

Leemis, L. M., McQueston, J.T. (2008). Teacher’s Corner: Univariate Distribution Relationships. American Statistician. 62 (1): p45-53. Available from:

Smith, G. (2015). Standard deviations: flawed assumptions, tortured data and other ways to lie with statistics. Overlook Press. New York.


Content analysis

Harris, H. (2001). Content Analysis of Secondary Data: A study of Courage in Managerial Decision Making. Journal of Business Ethics. 34(3-4): 191-208

Kabanoff, B., Waldersee, R. and Cohen, M. (1995). Espoused Values and Organisational Change Themes. Academy of Management Journal. 38(4): 1075-2104



Warren, S. (2005). Photography and voice in critical qualitative management research. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. 18(6): 861-882. Available from:


Surveys and interviewing

Wajcman, J., and Martin, B. (2002). Narratives of Identity in Modern Management: The Corrosion of Identity Difference? Sociology. 36: 985–1002. Available from:

Focus groups

Cunha, M. P., and Cunha, R. C. (2004). The Dialectics of Human Resource Management in Cuba. International Journal of Human Resource Management. 15(7): 1280–92



Hardin, M., Hom, D., Perez, R., & Williams, L. (2014). Which chart or graph is right for you? Tableau Software. Available from:


Content analysis

Bligh, M. C., Kohles, J. C., & Meindl, J. R. (2004). Charisma Under Crisis: Presidential Leadership, Rhetoric, and Media Responses Before and After the September 11th Terrorist Attacks. The Leadership Quarterly. 15(2): 211-239



Gully, S., Incalcaterra, K., Joshi, A., and Beaubien, J. (2002). A Meta-analysis of Team-Efficacy, Potency, and Performance: Interdependence and Level of Analysis as Moderators of Observed Relationships. Journal of Applied Psychology. 87(5): 819–32


Oral history

Bloor, M. (2002). No Longer Dying for a Living: Collective Responses to Injury Risks in South Wales Mining Communities, 1900–47. Sociology. 36(1): 89–105. Available from:





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