Accounting's Latent Classicism: Revisiting Classical Management Origins
Lee D. Parker
University of South Australia - School of Commerce; University of South Australia
Philip A. Ritson
University of Adelaide - School of Commerce
Abacus, Vol. 47, Issue 2, pp. 234-265, 2011
The historical classical management roots of contemporary accounting are still embedded in theory and practice, but invariably unacknowledged. This paper revisits the discourses and philosophies of three leading management writers generally regarded as proponents of scientific and classical management: Frederick Taylor, Henri Fayol, and the longest standing advocate, Lyndall Urwick. The paper argues that traditionally Taylor has been regarded as the dominant influential figure on early management and later accounting theory, but that this reflects an inaccurate stereotyping that ignores the greater reflections in contemporary accounting of Fayol and Urwick. Their approaches to planning, control, and coordination, as well as their accounting and financial management philosophies are revisited. This examination aims to better recognize their contributions to the latent classicism that still pervades accounting thought and practice.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: Accounting, Classical management, Financial management, Frederick Taylor, Henri Fayol, Lyndall Urwick, Scientific managementAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 6, 2011
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