Contribution of unpublished research to the research field

France, Adrian (2005) Contribution of unpublished research to the research field. In: New Zealand Applied Business Education Conference 2005: Our World View. New Zealand Applied Business Education, pp. 135-141.

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In addition to the large volumes of published research in journals, there are numerous articles that go unpublished in accounting and other subject areas. These articles may never get published for a variety of reasons. A researcher may provide a well-developed hypothesis, and a scrutinised method may be used, but results of a research project may be unsuccessful at supporting the theory. At that point, a researcher lacks evidential support for the theory or model, and consequently lacks a valid reason to submit the research for publication. Whether a single research attempt or a series of research attempts fail to provide evidence for a hypothesis, this failure is useful information for other potential researchers. Studies that lack supporting results contribute to knowledge and they should be disseminated so other researchers are aware that they should search elsewhere for answers to their research questions. This paper argues that research that results in situations of unsupported hypotheses are useful if disseminated. A research project that fails to find support for a hypothesis may still provide something useful about the theory, data, method, or results. It is this critique of the research that is useful to the research field. This article selected a combination of published and unpublished research case studies. The case studies demonstrate the usefulness of research even when the results do not support the priors. The case studies illustrate that although the results unsubstantiated the priors, this information was useful for the researchers. An analysis of the case studies indicate that a lack of supporting results and contradictory results may be due to an unforeseen process that would be useful for other researchers to know about. Collegial support should be given to researchers to publish their work, whether the research results support the theory or not. The additional information provided from any study can contribute to the academic discourse of research.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:Conference held 4-7 October, 2005, in Whangarei, New Zealand
Keywords that describe the item:Publication, unsupported hypotheses, results, research, significance
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise > School of Business and Adminstration
ID Code:1450
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