On successful research

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This paper discusses what I believe a researcher ought to keep in mind when he/she tries to find a research topic and assesses the probability of success. In this context I think of success as a paper that becomes known over time and, generally, extensively cited. My discussion will lay out some useful 'pointers'. I will also try to provide something resembling a 'proof in the pudding' by listing a number of specific research topics, each of which can be spelled out in a few sentences. My aim is to persuade the reader that research topics can rely on straightforward ideas as opposed to a specific set of antecedent papers. In this respect, I argue that the best research questions derive from an acute sense of how the world works as opposed to more or less stylized 'theories' originating in academia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-26
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Accounting Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2011
Externally publishedYes

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