Informing historical research in accounting and management: traditions, philosophies and opportunities

Parker, L. (1997) Informing historical research in accounting and management: traditions, philosophies and opportunities. Accounting Historians Journal, 24(2), pp. 111-149.

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t: Historical research in accounting and management,hitherto largely neglected as a field of inquiry by manymanagement and accounting researchers, has experienced aresurgence of interest and activity in research conferences andjournals over the past decade. The potential lessons of the past for contemporary issues have been rediscovered, but the way forward is littered with antiquarian narratives, methodologically naive analyses, ideologically driven interpretation and ignorance of the traditions, schools and philosophy of the craft by accounting and management researchers as well as traditional and critical historians themselves. This paper offers an introduction tocontributions made to the philosophies and methods of history by significant historians in the past, a review of some of the influential schools of historical thought, insights into philosophies of historical knowledge and explanation and a brief introduction to oral and business histoiy. On this basis the case is made for the philosophically and methodologically informed approach to the investigation of our past heritage in accounting and

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Parker, Professor Lee
Authors: Parker, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Accounting Historians Journal
Publisher:Academy of Accounting Historians
ISSN (Online):2327-4468

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