By Richard L. Chambers
A compilation drawn from over 500 years of English language accounting literature reflecting a life of scholarly enquiry, this e-book includes over 5000 quotations of among 1-20 traces in size. The publication goals to provide an historic standpoint in addition to an up to date evaluate of what accounting and accountants have been, are and do, and is meant either as a reference publication and a examine instrument. Its diversity extends from basic curiosity to the complicated, masking ideas, practices and criteria, specialist and educational reviews, and the social and logical foundations of accounting; it additionally attracts at the paintings of students in different fields that experience a few touching on accounting paintings and notion.
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Money is the most efficient means of economic accounting. That is, it is formally the most rational means of orienting economic activity. Accounting in terms of money, and not its actual use, is thus the specific means of rational, economic provision. Weber, c 1 920/1 947, 1 65 , 1 7 1 comparison is important in many ways; upon it . . depends the estimation of profit and loss, which is the guiding principle of capitalist enterprise. The process of com parison is made possible by thinking in terms of value; it could not be effected extensively in any other way.
Information useful in strategy formulation and implementation and in tactical planning and controls needs to be developed and distributed by accountants in addition to that derived by summarizing, disaggre gating, and analyzing the day to day operating transactions of an organization. There are practical day to day issues that press for this expansion of the accounting dis cipline into a much more comprehensive information development and distribution function in society. Bedford, 1 988, 209 020 Accounting as Art, Technology, Science 021 Accounting as a practical art [Accounting principles] .
Morgan, 1 965, 52 accountancy is structured upon a process of abstracting numerical equivalents from real world qualities, many of which are nonquantifiable. Fertakis, 1 969, 688 Wealth, or net worth, refers to real things - land, machines, securities, cash, etc. Assignment of monetary values to these real things is an abstraction, and the summation of these values is a further abstraction from reality. Anderson & others, 1 974, 25 Accounting is an art and technique by which the real world of economic events is abstracted into numbers that can be grouped by periods through arithmetical addition and subtraction, and compared with the numbers of the same economic entity for different periods and with the numbers of other entities for the same and different periods.
An accounting thesaurus : 500 years of accounting by Richard L. Chambers