Emsley (2005) suggests that management accountants have been criticised for their inability to innovate. The author reports that researchers have also examined the changing roles of management accountants.

Assignment Description
Emsley (2005) suggests that management accountants have been criticised for their inability to innovate. The author reports that researchers have also examined the changing roles of management accountants.
Journal article reference –
Emsley, D. (2005). Restructuring the management accounting function: A note on the effect of role involvement on innovativeness. Management Accounting Research, 16 (2), 157-177, Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com
Author details: David Emsley, Discipline of Accounting and Business Law, School of Business, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
The research journal paper is available on the eReserve of the UNE library.
Assignment Task
1 Why Emsley (2005) states that “innovation is generally regarded as an important research topic”. (2 marks)
2 Explain why the author is emphasising on the role for Theory development (section 3: page 160). (3 marks)
3 The author in his research is addressing the importance to study innovativeness (page 161). Why is he adopting that approach. (5 marks)
4 The author in his research suggests that “incentives” have a role to play (section 3.3.3: page 164). Do you agree (Yes/No). What other incentives you believe will be useful. (5 marks)
Your discussion needs to be synthesized within the theoretical developments outlined in the journal paper (Emsely 2005).

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