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From Taylorism to Ms Taylor: the transformation of the accounting craft

Cooper, C. and Taylor, P. (2000) From Taylorism to Ms Taylor: the transformation of the accounting craft. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 25 (6). pp. 555-578. ISSN 0361-3682

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Abstract

The history of professionally qualified accountants and their regulatory processes command considerable attention in the academic accounting literature. In contrast, "non-qualified", clerical employees have been virtually excluded from serious accounting research. This paper aims to overcome this serious deficiency in the academic literature. The framework used in the paper to analyse the work practices of accounting clerks draws strongly on the theoretical foundations of Marx and subsequent development by Braverman. We will show that the majority of work experience in the accounting industry is one of deskilling according to Tayloristic "Scientific Management" principles.

Item type: Article
ID code: 5561
Keywords: accountancy, taylorism, accounting, commerce, Commerce, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Accounting, Applied Psychology, Sociology and Political Science, Information Systems and Management
Subjects: Social Sciences > Commerce
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Accounting and Finance
Strathclyde Business School > Human Resource Management
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2008
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 14:13
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/5561

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