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The development of accounting in UK universities: an oral history

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Lorna Stevenson, David Power, John Ferguson, David Collison

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This article reports on the development of the accounting discipline in universities in England and Scotland from the 1960s. Drawing on the oral history narratives of six distinguished accounting scholars who played a significant role in the discipline, this article documents (1) the initial influences on the teaching of accounting in English universities, (2) the different influences on the teaching of accounting in Scottish universities and (3) the influence of US universities and their scholars on the development of academic accounting in the United Kingdom. With a focus on the second wave of accounting professoriate who followed the London School of Economics (LSE) ‘Triumvirate’ of William Baxter, Harold Edey and David Solomons, this article provides first-hand insights into the shape and spread of university accounting education at a crucial stage of its development. This, in turn, develops an understanding of the contemporary academic accounting discipline in the United Kingdom.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-137
JournalAccounting History
Issue number1-2
Early online date11 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

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  • University accounting education, Oral history, LSE Triumvirate

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