Does accounting history matter?

Delfina Gomes, Garry Carnegie, Christopher Napier, Lee Parker, Brian West

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-402
JournalAccounting History
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


  • Accounting
  • Accounting history
  • Accounting research
  • History

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