Dealing with Expectations and Traditions in Research

Volume editors:
Frode Mellemvik, Levi Gårseth-Nesbakk
Chapter authors:
Salvador Carmona, Barbara Czarniawska, Sten Jönsson, Frode Mellemvik, Jan Mouritsen, Levi Gårseth-Nesbakk, Olov Olson, Inger Johanne Pettersen


When considering societal expectations and traditions in research, assumptions are often an integral aspect – particularly in the disciplines pertaining to organization studies. The objective of this anthology is to analyze, clarify and demystify assumptions about research and the way that organizations work.

The book is interdisciplinary in its form and content. The chapters are in part theoretical and analytical, yet draw on various empirical illustrations. In doing so, the book touches on the research process, basic assumptions in research, possibilities as well as pitfalls that both novice researchers as well as more experienced ones ought to keep in mind.

The individual chapters address research and publication through a range of areas and topics including: accounting and management control, examination of the term ‘organization’ itself, and exploration of behavioral and social processes that lead to change in organizations and society as a whole. All of the chapters illuminate different roles in the research process in organization studies.

Dealing with Expectations and Traditions in Research will be of interest to researchers on all levels, including PhD students and master’s students writing term papers and their theses, as well as in methodological courses and discussions.

Author Biographies

Salvador Carmona

Salvador Carmona is a professor of Accounting and Management Control at IE Business School – IE University. Carmona currently serves as Rector of IE University, and he is a Past President of the European Accounting Association. Carmona holds editorial board positions in 14 international journals and has served as editor of European Accounting Review and as senior editor of Oxford Research Reviews. Salvador’s research focuses on the organizational and social aspects of accounting systems.

Barbara Czarniawska

Barbara Czarniawska is a Senior Professor in Management Studies at GRI, School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Doctor honoris causa at Stockholm School of Economics, Copenhagen Business School and Helsinki School of Economics, she is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, the Swedish Royal Engineering Academy, the Royal Society of Art and Sciences in Gothenburg and Societas Scientiarum Finnica. Czarniawska takes a feminist and constructionist perspective on organizing, recently exploring the connections between popular culture and practice of management, and the organization of the news production. She is interested in methodology, especially in techniques of fieldwork and in the application of narratology to organization studies. Recent books in English: A Theory of Organizing (second edition, 2014), Social Science Research from Field to Desk (2014) and A Research Agenda for Management and Organization Studies (edited, 2016).

Sten Jönsson

Sten Jönsson is professor emeritus in Business Administration, especially Scandinavian Management, at GRI, Gothenburg Research Institute at the University of Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law. He received his PhD in 1971 and was appointed professor of Accounting and Finance in 1976. He is Dr. hc at Turku School of Economics and was awarded the “Anthony G. Hopwood Award for Academic Leadership” by the European Accounting Association in 2016.

Frode Mellemvik

Frode Mellemvik is Director of the High North Center for Business and Governance and Professor at Nord University Business School, Bodø, Norway. Mellemvik holds a PhD and has written many books and articles associated with the fields of accounting, management, government, education research, industrial development, international cooperation, and on topics related to the High North (Arctic). He has worked at academic institutions in Europe and US and is an Honorary Doctor and Honorary Professor at several universities. He is honoured by the Russian Foreign Ministry with the highest medal a foreign citizen can achieve for Contribution to Internationale Cooperation. Mellemvik has been Dean of Bodø Graduate School of Business as well as Rector of Bodø University College (Nord University) for 10 years.

Jan Mouritsen

Jan Mouritsen is a professor in the Department of Operations Management at Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark. Mouritsen’s interests concern the role of management technologies and management control in various organisational and social contexts. His research focuses on the sociology of calculative arrangements and the constitution of organisations, values and production drawing on practice based theory. His interests include intellectual capital and knowledge management, technology management, operations management and management control. He has published in journals including AccountingOrganizations and Society; Management Accounting Research; Scandinavian Journal of Management; Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal and Critical Perspectives on Accounting. Key research publications include Kornberger, Martin; Pflueger, Dane & Mouritsen, Jan: Evaluative Infrastructures: Accounting for Platform Organization, Accounting, Organizations and Society, 2017, 60(7): 79-95. Mouritsen, Jan & Kreiner, Kristian: Accounting, Decisions and Promises, Accounting, Organizations and Society, 2016, 49 (1): 21-31. Mouritsen, J. & Thrane, S., ‘Accounting, Network Complementarities and the Development of Inter-organisational Relations’ in Accounting, Organizations and Society (2006, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 241-275).

Levi Gårseth-Nesbakk

Levi Gårseth-Nesbakk, PhD, is an Associated Professor affiliated with Nord University Business School (Bodø, Norway), where he also currently serves as the Vice Dean of Education. Gårseth-Nesbakk holds an adjunct position at Trondheim Business School. He completed his PhD thesis in 2007 on accrual accounting at central government level in Norway. Gårseth-Nesbakk teaches accounting and management control related subjects. His main research areas within the public sector are: the use of accrual accounting, fiscal sustainability and management of financial resources. More generally, he is conducting research on accounting and auditing. Gårseth-Nesbakk has published articles in national and international journals and scientific anthologies, and has also authored and edited books.

Olov Olson

Olov Olson is a professor emeritus at the University of Gothenburg. He was previously a professor at the Norwegian School of Economics and then at the University of Gothenburg. His research has focused on the relation between accounting as a model and as processes in various eras and contexts.

Inger Johanne Pettersen

Inger Johanne Pettersen is a professor at NTNU Business School (Norway) within the field of management accounting and control. She holds a Phd in Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics, and her research during the last twenty years has mainly been about public sector reform with a focus on hospitals and universities. Pettersen's interests concern how administrative reforms on national levels are travelling into organizations and how managers are adapting to changing contexts. She has published several books, book chapters and papers in international journals including Financial Accountability and Management, Management Accounting Research; Scandinavian Journal of Management; Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change. Pettersen has been active as an editorial board member and an editor, and in reviewing papers for scientific journals.

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