Trust me! A personal account of confidentiality issues in an organisational research project

Irvine, Helen J. (2003) Trust me! A personal account of confidentiality issues in an organisational research project. Accounting Forum, 27(2), pp. 111-131.

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Organisations, particularly those that depend on donations from the public, care a great deal about the image they present to society. This makes them especially sensitive about confidentiality when it comes to details of their accounting systems and financial affairs. Organisational, technical and personal factors determine the strategies adopted for encouraging trust and respecting confidentiality while undertaking research in such organisations. This is a personal account of some of the confidentiality issues that arose during a qualitative research project within a large religious/charitable organisation. It illustrates the importance and challenges of maintaining confidentiality in that and other contexts.

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ID Code: 13053
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: confidentiality, qualitative research
ISSN: 1467-6303
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Accounting Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified (150199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 19 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:42

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