Why Accounting Professors don’t blog, cont’d

My blogging idol David Albrecht has more to say on this question:

It might very well be related to the disconnect between accounting research and the world of practice. Much of the elite accountics research at the current time has no tie to the real world (some of these researchers know little about real world dynamics). Certainly, the professional world disdains academic accounting research. If academic bloggers write about the topics for which they have passion, perhaps it is no surprise that they wouldn’t blog about the professional world. There is no market for their insights.

Whether accounting academics are boring or not, there is a huge disconnect between our academic work, and especially our research, and practice on the ground.  It seems like accounting professors don’t have very much to say to practice, and practitioners don’t seem to believe they can learn much from us.

Perhaps it would make sense for bloggers to begin to disseminate the volumes of accounting research literature so that practitioners can make sense of it all.

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About Mark P. Holtzman

Chair of Accounting Department at Seton Hall University. PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. Worked at Deloitte's New York Office. BSBA from Hofstra University.

2 comments

  1. I agree, it seems that many academics dedicate a great deal of time making contributions to "their" field and in the grand scheme of things is great! However, i believe sometimes they might fail to see beyond the piles of data and mounds of research through to the practicality of their own expertise, like, make a contribution to everyone! Why is it that most start-ups fail 1-3 years in? Some would say poor management, lack of planning, bad accounting, budgeting, etc. Ok! i'm an expert on why my business failed, but, instead of telling me "why," i'd like the minimalist approach as to "how." My accounting professor today told us a story about a man he'd worked for a long time ago, this guy was a well off investor and developed a very basic system for himself to keep track of his investments, he could go back to any date and time using index cards and tell you what he bought and when, how much he paid, what it was worth and when it split. i thought "index cards, that's genius!" meanwhile i own some of the most cutting edge technology on the market. The point is he told us "how." I think most entrepreneurs would want to know "where do i start? what's the least i could? and how?"

  2. I agree that there is a disconnect between practice and accounting research. Even in some classes, I noticed I was being taught the methods but not how to apply them to the real world or an example of what I would be doing in the real world. Intermingling both practice and research is truly beneficial for all and more professors should try this approach, even try blogging too to get the feedback from peers and students.

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