In this final chapter, our aim is to draw together the observations, reflections, and recommendations provided by contributors to this book. The challenge in locating research as a closer companion to practice is clear in each of the contributions provided. It is fair to say that the so-called research-practice gap is not only ubiquitous, but also has implications at the researcher, institutional, and disciplinary levels. Our parting message is that although different countries are positioned quite differently in terms of academic research-informing practice, there are many paths to achieving a more effective engagement with, and impact on, public sector practice. However, challenges also represent opportunities, and reflecting on the stories presented, should provide avenues for specific investigation and initiatives that are worth considering by those that seek to speak to practice through their research.
KeywordsResearch-practice gap Accounting Research relevance Public sector Research policy
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