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The rise of the professional accountant in British management

Matthews, Derek, Anderson, Malcolm and Edwards, John Richard 1997. The rise of the professional accountant in British management. Economic History Review 50 (3) , pp. 407-429. 10.1111/1468-0289.00062

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This article quantifies the growth in the number of professional accountants in British management, charts their influence over the past century, and analyses the causes. It is most likely that Britain initially spawned large numbers of accountants because of the particular nature of its capital market which led to demands for the independent auditing of company accounts. British companies then recruited their accountants from this ever growing pool of professionally qualified auditors and the reason why these accountants rose to the top in British management was probably that the profession provided virtually the only formal management training available in Britain.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1468-0289
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 02:21

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