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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Sarah Janeen_UK
dc.contributor.authorUrquhart, Vivienen_UK
dc.description.abstractAssessment lies at the centre of PhD degree quality standards, with quality assurance relying on independent external examiners. This study investigates the role of the viva and the selection of external examiners from within the accounting and finance discipline across UK institutions. A questionnaire survey and follow-up interviews with academics (299 respondents; 49 interviews) and recent PhD graduates (73 respondents; 18 interviews) were undertaken. Findings identify multiple viva roles including verification; academic career development; and assessment. External examiner selection is outcome-driven, and the independence of examiners is questionable when secured using the social capital existing between an examiner and supervisor. Supervisors and examiners jointly gate-keep the academic community within cliques, although at the viva stage new entrants are rarely excluded. The PhD assessment process offers the opportunity for rogue cliques to develop, driven by favourable outcomes in terms of personal benefits and costs, allowing new entrants of insufficient quality.en_UK
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen_UK
dc.relationSmith SJ & Urquhart V (2018) UK PhD assessment in accounting and finance: social capital in action. Accounting Education, 27 (2), pp. 160-182.
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dc.subjectaccounting and financeen_UK
dc.subjectPhD assessmenten_UK
dc.subjectsocial capitalen_UK
dc.titleUK PhD assessment in accounting and finance: social capital in actionen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleAccounting Educationen_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationAccounting & Financeen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationLancaster Universityen_UK
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