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The Priesthood of Industry

Derek Matthews, Malcolm Anderson and John Richard Edwards

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198289609
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684753 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289609.001.0001
The Priesthood of Industry

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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. This book documents the rise of the accountancy profession, from the handful of accountants listed in the trade directories of the major cities in the late 18th century to the huge commercially-oriented firms of the late 20th century. The book focuses on the individual – the professional accountant – and adopts an economic determinist analysis to explain the rise of public practice and the transfer of staff to industry in increasing numbers. It also considers the routes through which this transfer of skills took place, and identifies demand and supply side factors to explain the professional accountant's present hegemony in business management.

Keywords: accountants; business management; public practice; transfer of staff; transfer of skills

Book.  376 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Financial Institutions and Services

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Introduction in The Priesthood of Industry

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Roots of the Profession in The Priesthood of Industry

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The Rise of the Accounting Function in The Priesthood of Industry

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Some Explanations and Conclusions in The Priesthood of Industry

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