Innovation in accounting historiography: where to from here?

C. Cordery , D. Gomes, G. Leone, Karen McBride, C. Napier

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The world is facing difficult, uncertain and challenging times, which have consequences for accounting practice, education and research. This new and uncertain environment may lead us to conclude that accounting research should focus on the present and developing answers to be implemented for the future. Does this mean that accounting history must be put aside for the moment? We start from the position that accounting history continues to matter and that accounting history researchers have developed their perspectives and methodological and theoretical approaches considerably since the early 1990s in terms of diverse fields and topics of research. This paper aims to explore how accounting history research can expand through seeking innovation in theories, sources, methodologies, and writing. It demonstrates that accounting history is not static and researchers can contribute to its further recognition and dissemination. Through the innovative study of the past, researchers may continue to contribute to new and informed ways for the world to be managed and governed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
JournalAccounting History
Early online date4 May 2023
Publication statusEarly online - 4 May 2023


  • historiography
  • accounting history
  • theory
  • sources
  • methodology
  • writing

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