Accounting research boundaries, multiple centers and academic empathy

Giovanna Michelon*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This commentary on the article “On the centrality of peripheral research and the dangers of tight boundary gatekeeping” is a personal reflection developed around four considerations. (1) Boundaries are defined according to the center we position ourselves in, which implies that multiple centers and boundaries are possible. (2) Although tension between multiple centers is typical across disciplines in their endeavor to create disciplinary identity, their existence is related to paradigmatic divides. (3) Problems related to excessive gatekeeping arise to protect the reputation of the dominant center. (4) The complexity of today’s societal and environmental challenges calls for an interdisciplinary approach. My concluding remarks develop the idea that, if bridges cannot be built across paradigmatic divides, tensions can be harnessed productively by nurturing academic empathy. Academic empathy, I argue, becomes key for the way in which we – as individual scholars – face today’s greatest challenges that are, in their nature, interdisciplinary and require us to rethink boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102204
Number of pages9
JournalCritical Perspectives on Accounting
Early online date24 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Jul 2020

Structured keywords

  • AF Accountability Sustainability and Governance

Keywords

  • Research diversity
  • Dominant paradigm
  • Academic empathy
  • Interdisciplinary research

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