Concerns About the Research-Practice Gap on Accounting in Public Services

  • Laurence Ferry
  • Iris Saliterer
  • Ileana Steccolini
  • Basil Tucker
Part of the Public Sector Financial Management book series (PUSEFIMA)


What does the impact of research on practice look like? Why is it important? How might it be achieved? What are the benefits to researchers in ‘speaking’ to practice? These are all questions that have been debated not only in accounting research forums, journals, conferences, and seminars, but also in the wider academic landscape. In this chapter, we outline the journey that we as researchers with a particular interest in bridging the research-practice gap have travelled in our consideration of these questions. For us, this book represents another important step in this journey by bringing an international perspective to this vexing issue, and in this chapter, we outline our intent in unpacking some of these questions, and how this book contributes to this end.


Research-practice gap Accounting Accountability Public sector Academics Practitioners 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurence Ferry
    • 1
  • Iris Saliterer
    • 2
  • Ileana Steccolini
    • 3
  • Basil Tucker
    • 4
  1. 1.Durham University Business SchoolDurham UniversityDurhamUK
  2. 2.Albert Ludwigs University of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  3. 3.Newcastle University LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.UniSA Business SchoolUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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