The incidence of documented standards for research in departments of accounting at US institutions

Kenton B. Walker, Gary M. Fleischman, Teresa Stephenson

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Evidence suggests that standards for research in accounting are vague to junior faculty at the same time business schools are placing more emphasis on scholarship when evaluating faculty for tenure and promotion (T&P). In response, we investigate the incidence of accounting-specific documented standards for research in T&P decisions based on an email survey of accounting department administrators at US institutions. In addition, we report respondent data about the use of documented and informal journal lists. Our findings suggest that few accounting departments, regardless of accreditation status, utilize department-specific written scholarship standards or journal lists, supporting faculty perceptions that scholarship requirements for T&P are vague. As part of our analysis we review implications of the Final Report of the AACSB International Impact of Research Task Force (AACSB International, 2008) on the use of journal lists for tenure and promotion decisions. We summarize by advocating for specific accounting department-level policies for T&P, including consideration of explicit journal lists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-57
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Accounting Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • Journal lists
  • Promotion and tenure
  • Research standards


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