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TitleDoes accounting history matter?
Author(s)Gomes, Delfina
Carnegie, Garry D.
Napier, Christopher J.
Parker, Lee D.
West, Brian
Accounting history
Accounting research
Issue dateNov-2011
JournalAccounting History
Abstract(s)Building from a Panel Discussion held at the sixth Accounting History International Conference, a resounding “yes” is offered in response to the question of whether accounting history matters. However, reflecting the viewpoint that accounting history can and should matter more, various suggestions are presented for advancing the quality, relevance and significance of historical research in accounting, commencing with the need to redress persistent misconceptions about the discipline. Practical strategies for enhancing the impact of accounting history scholarship are then developed around the themes of promoting its contemporary relevance and implications, fostering engagement with diverse groups of scholars, writing accounting history in informative and engaging ways, and articulating and developing appropriate methodologies. Finally, the role of accounting historians as “change agents” is explored and advocated.
DescriptionThis paper draws upon the deliberations of a Panel Discussion which addressed this question at the sixth Accounting History International Conference held in Wellington, New Zealand in August 2010. The panellists were the last four named authors. The first named author took responsibility for initiating this overview paper based on the speakers’ notes, including bullet point summaries, and an audio tape of the session’s proceedings.
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