Critical Article Review:
So, how do you do the article critique?
You need to read the article – you are critiquing Morgan, G. (1988), Accounting as reality construction: Towards a new epistemology for accounting practice, Accounting, Organizations and Society,13(5), 477 - 485.
Part One: Briefly overview the article
What is the main argument in the article? What is the author/s trying to tell you about accounting? This is likely to be the lead sentence in your assignment.
a.Eg. in relation to Brown & Fraser (2006) in “Approaches and Perspectives in Social and Environmental Accounting”, I would argue:
Brown & Fraser (2006) argue that the central issue in corporate social responsibility [CSR] is about power and whether business is in control of society or society is in control of business.
You will need to work hard on each sentence here. So, you need to display good editing skills: write, rewrite, read, edit, rewrite (it is an iterative process).
Critically reflect on what is positive or negative about the article from an academic perspective.
To critically reflect on something means to develop a way, with support, of telling us whether you agree with the article that you selected.
You may use ‘I’ in this section because you are expressing your personal viewpoints about the article, but you should provide as much support from other sources (preferably published: journal articles, books (see the unit outline) – not just from the Internet and not from Wikipedia or other online sources) in the development of your opinion.
The Analytical Technique
Identify TWO statements or ideas from Morgan (1988) that you find interesting or significant. These could for example, be statements that you strongly agree or disagree with.
ii)Evaluate why you find this example interesting. You should use support (from other published sources) in why it is interesting.
iii)Present Example 2 (this is not part of the word count) and evaluate this example.
Identify whether, how and why this article would or would not be useful for answering a question about the culture of accounting
This is asking you to focus on how Morgan (1988) would or would not help you to answer a question about accounting and culture. The ‘how’ needs reflection. This part requires you to do two things:
a)What you have learnt from evaluating Morgan (1988) in relation to culture and accounting?
b)Would Morgan (1988) help you to develop an argument about accounting and culture?
a.If yes, how would Morgan (1988) help you to do that?
b.If no, why has Morgan (1988) not helped you to make an argument about accounting and culture?