The Practical Application of Theory in Accounting Research

Melissa M. Aldredge


As novice researchers or advanced graduate students embark on a research journey, they must not only understand the theory behind their research, but they must illustrate how the theory applies to the practical problems addressed in the research. Once a theory is created, it is tested through research, and subsequently modified, rejected, or accepted to interpret unknown phenomena or make observations about reality. This paper discusses the practical application of theory in research, explores a current view on a theory of interest within the accounting profession, and analyzes prior accounting literature to determine how the theory has been used within the discipline.

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