Joking about accountants – a netnographical approach

Unfairly or not, some have characterised the rôle of accountants in popular culture as dull and boring. And the bottom line is that there is a plentiful stock of jokes about them. But a provisional audit of the scholarly literature reveals that researchers been extremely economical in accruing an inventory of accountancy-humour papers. In fact, […]

Accountancy in academia [3]

A partial review of the literature – Part 3 Colourful Accounting “How is the gregarious graduate to be tempted into the tentacles of the dull and the dreary?” This tricky, though perhaps not unsolvable question is posed in the paper –Beyond the boring grey: The construction of the colourful accountant, published in the journal Critical […]

Accountancy in academia [2]

A partial review of the literature – Part 2 Accountancy at the movies. As some have observed, popular cinema is an influential medium that reflects and shapes social attitudes. Bearing that in mind, how have twentieth century North American movies portrayed accountant stereotypes? To find out, Tony Dimnik (Assistant Professor at the Queen’s School of […]

Accountancy in academia [1]

A partial review of the literature – part 1. Despite criticism from some quarters, Neuroeconomics has now become a well-established field of academic study (with dedicated research departments at George Mason University, New York University, Duke University,and Claremont Graduate University). A logical extension of the field, however, remains considerably less mainstream – Neuroaccounting. To draw […]

Great adventures in accounting

The supposedly staid, unglamorous field of accounting is in fact packed, to some degree, with exciting adventures. But accountants rarely divulge this fact to persons outside the profession. Three monographs, all produced in Australia, document some of the adventure – and even some of the excitement. In 1967, a paper by Professor RJ Chambers, of […]