Professor Parker is a professor in accounting in the School of Accounting at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, and visiting professor at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Professor of Accounting, RMIT University
Previous academic posts include the Universities of Glasgow, Dundee, Monash, Griffith, Flinders, Adelaide, South Australia, St Andrews, and London (Royal Holloway) as well as visiting professorships in the USA, UK, Australasia, Asia and the Middle East.
His research has been published in over 200 articles and books on management and accounting internationally. Professor Parker is joint founding editor of the internationally prominent ISI listed interdisciplinary research journal Accounting Auditing & Accountability Journal and serves on over 20 journal editorial boards internationally.
His academic leadership roles have included President of the Academy of Accounting Historians (USA), the American Accounting Association Public Interest section and Vice-President International of the American Accounting Association. Professor Parker is a specialist qualitative, interdisciplinary researcher in:
- Strategic Management and Corporate Governance
- Accounting and Management History
- Social and Environmental Accountability
- Public/Nonprofit Sector
- Qualitative and Historical Research Methodology
The Focus Group Process
Focus groups have been a lesser utilised data collection method amongst the array of qualitative research approaches. This presentation will revisit the key features, benefits and limitations of focus groups. The circumstances under which they are appropriately employed will be addressed, as will be their design and composition. In addition the framing and delivery of questions, along with the leadership and facilitation roles of the moderator in managing participants will be examined.
Employing Grounded Theory
Grounded theory has gradually been embedded into a growing number of studies in the business disciplines. This presentation portrays its beginnings with Glaser and Strauss and Strauss and Corbin, also outlining its philosophy and methodology. The presentation will offer guidelines for its implementation and assessment and introduce more recent researchers’ methodological interpretations and expansions on this inductive qualitative approach to theory development.