Topic 1: Accounting Regulation

Critically evaluate the following quote:

… there is no such thing as the truth, but there is such a thing as stretching the truth too far. There is a reality: there’s something there alright. Do not think for a minute that I am saying we imagine the world!
(Hines, 1988, p. 253)

If you choose this essay topic, you should critique this article:

Hines, R. (1991), The FASB’s Conceptual Framework, Financial Accounting and the Maintenance of the Social World, Accounting, Organizations and Society, 16, 313-351.

Topic 2: Social and Environmental Accounting

Critically evaluate the following quote:

… any form of social and environmental accounting (and much financial accounting) will produce outputs which are contestable and open to debate. The utility of such accounting is not in its representation of ‘infallible truth’ but in its creation of a range of environmental and social visibilities and exposure of values and priorities that become inputs to wider democratic processes of discourse and decision making.
(Boyce, 2000, p. 53).

If you choose this essay topic, you should critique this article:

Welford, R. (1998), Corporate Environmental Management, Technology and Sustainable Development: Postmodern Perspectives and the Need for a Critical Research Agenda, Business Strategy and the Environment, Vol. 7, pp. 1-12.

Topic 3: The Role of Accounting in Society

Critically evaluate the following quote:

… problems in accounting are potentially reflections of problems in and of society and accordingly that the latter should be critically analysed. Thus if a major problem in accounting is identified, say as its overwhelming orientation to investors, then a critical [analysis] would suggest that this problem is a reflection of society’s orientation and to change accounting practice requires both social awareness (eg identification of alternative ‘accounts’ and the roles of accounting in society) and ultimately social change.
(Cooper & Sherer, 1984, p. 184).

If you choose this essay topic, you should critique this article:

Morgan, G. (1988), Accounting as Reality Construction: Towards a New Epistemology for Accounting Practice, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Vol. 13 No. 5, pp. 477-485.

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