This presentation examines a range of key qualitative research approaches which are typically applied in studies of the history of accounting. The framework of this presentation revolves around the key question, expressly concerning the “how to do” historical accounting research in the qualitative or interdisciplinary research tradition. It addresses several issues that arise in conducting historical accounting research of the genre.
Professor Garry Carnegie - Short Biographical Statement
Garry became an Emeritus Professor of RMIT University on 1 January 2018, having served as Head, School of Accounting and Professor of Accounting at RMIT from 2010 to 2017. Subsequently, he was Education Advisor at CPA Australia for a period of 18 months.
He publishes in a diversity of fields, comprising accounting, accounting history, archaeology, economic history, companies and securities law, management history, museum management, and public administration. His research is concerned with accounting, accountability and governance in both contemporary and historical contexts. Together with Christopher J. Napier of Royal Holloway, University of London, he is a co-editor of, and contributor to, the EE Handbook of Accounting, Accountability and Governance, published in September.
Prior to joining academe, Garry gained experience in the IT industry, professional accounting services and in the financial services industry. He has held other professorial posts in accounting since 1994 at Deakin University, Melbourne University Private/The University of Melbourne and University of Ballarat (now Federation University Australia). In 1993, he become an Editorial Board member of AAAJ, and become an Associate Editor in 2013. Across a continuous period of 25 years (1995 to 2019), he served as Editor/Joint Editor of Accounting History and, in 2020, was Consulting Editor.
In 2020, he received the Academy of Accounting Historians Hourglass Award and, in 2021, an AFAANZ Life Membership Award. In 2019, he was admitted as a member of the AAAJ Accounting Research Hall of Fame. He is a member of both CPA Australia and CA ANZ.