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John Roberts asked us to consider the accountability in accounting.
Precious little accountability has been on display in the corporate world during the latest global financial crisis. John's comments are timely in raising issues of the challenges of being accountable and asked us to consider an ethos of humilty before we hold others to account for our perceptions of lack of accountability on their part.

It made me consider another aspect to accountability, that of our accountability as accounting researchers. While I acknowledge the argument that the long lead time for journal articles means it is too soon for papers on the global financial crisis, I wonder if that is just a convenient excuse? There are plenty of papers in development here. Surely the greatest financial crisis (so far) this century is deserving of a little attention on our part?

As researchers we are in a privileged position, one where taxpayer funded universities afford us the luxury of thinking for a living. Surely as part of our accountability to them, and to ourselves as a research body, we are obligated to explore recent events and seek to explain what happened and what role accounting, accounting bodies and accounting practitioners played in the crisis and how we may avoid a repetition in future?

To argue that we need lead time to perform good research is understandable, to avoid looking at the crisis because we might not like what we see, is not.