The Priesthood of Industry: The Rise of the Professional Accountant in British Management

Hardcover | March 26, 1998

byDerek Matthews, Malcolm Anderson, John Richard Edwards

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The leading professional accounting bodies in Britain today boast more than a quarter of a million qualified members and accountants are moving into top management positions in increasing numbers. Accountants have become the foremost professional grouping in British business management. The Priesthood of Industry documents the rise of the accountancy profession, from the handful of accountants listed in the trade directories of the major cities in the late-eighteenth century to the huge commercially-oriented firms of the late-twentieth century. The authors focus on the individual:the professional accountant, and adopt an economic determinist analysis to explain the rise of public practice and the transfer of staff to industry in increasing numbers. They also consider the routes through which this transfer of skills took place, and identify demand and supply side factors toexplain the professional accountant's present hegemony in business management.

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The leading professional accounting bodies in Britain today boast more than a quarter of a million qualified members and accountants are moving into top management positions in increasing numbers. Accountants have become the foremost professional grouping in British business management. The Priesthood of Industry documents the rise of...

Professor Edwards is editor of the leading international journal Accounting, Business and Financial History

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:372 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:March 26, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019828960X

ISBN - 13:9780198289609

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Preface1. Introduction2. Roots of the Profession3. The Rise of the Accounting Function4. Accountants and Business Management in Victorian and Edwardian Britain5. Accountants in the Economic Maelstrom: The First World War and the Inter-War Years6. Rise of the `Priesthood' in the Post-Second World War Era7. Some Explanations and ConclusionsAppendicesReferences

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This book shows above all the enviable ability of British accountants to re-invent themselves. It deserves to be read by all accountants who are interested in where their profession has come from, where it stands today, and where it may go tomorrow. - Bob Parker. Accountancy. September1998