The Australian Accounting Academic in the 1950s: R. J. Chambers and Networks of Accounting Research

Meditari Accountancy Research, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 54-76, 2014

Posted: 24 Jun 2013 Last revised: 27 Mar 2019

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Martin Emanuel Persson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Christopher J. Napier

University of London - Royal Holloway College - School of Management

Date Written: June 1, 2013

Abstract

This article examines the challenges faced by an Australian accounting academic, R. J. Chambers, in the 1950s, in breaking into the accounting research community; at that time almost entirely located in the United States and the United Kingdom. For academics outside the networks of accounting research publication in these countries, there were significant, but not insurmountable obstacles to conducting and publishing accounting research. We examine how these obstacles could be overcome, using the notion of “trials of strength” to trace the efforts of Chambers in wrestling with intellectual issues arising from post-war inflation, acquiring accounting literature from abroad, and publishing his endeavors.

Keywords: accounting history, accounting theory, research networks, actor-network theory, trials of strength, counter-narrative, R. J. Chambers

JEL Classification: B31, M40, M41, M49

Suggested Citation

Persson, Martin Emanuel and Napier, Christopher John, The Australian Accounting Academic in the 1950s: R. J. Chambers and Networks of Accounting Research (June 1, 2013). Meditari Accountancy Research, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 54-76, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2284436 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2284436

Martin Emanuel Persson (Contact Author)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

1206 South Sixth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

Christopher John Napier

University of London - Royal Holloway College - School of Management ( email )

Egham
Surrey, Egham TW20 8DG
United Kingdom

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