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

Derek Matthews, Malcolm Anderson, and John Richard Edwards


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 ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198289609
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289609.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Matthews, author

Malcolm Anderson, author

John Richard Edwards, author
all at Cardiff Business School