The Evolution of Accounting Research Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

The Evolution of Accounting
A look at the historical development of the accounting profession.
# 119869 | 1,394 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on May 26, 2010 in History (General) , Accounting (General)

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The paper describes the origins of accounting; its beginning in the fifteenth century as a unified concept for recording economic events and its subsequent development in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The paper looks at accounting in the twenty first century and shows how business itself has assisted in the development of accounting concepts and its regulation.

In the Beginning
Merging Development and Direction - Formalization
Accounting for the 21st Century

From the Paper:

"In almost any arena of discussion concerning the study of accounting, the lay person views accounting as a mundane activity performed by individuals who have a passion for being boring, methodical and unimaginative. Frequently referred to by the public as "bean counters" and "number crunchers," the accountant has received publicity that is somewhat misrepresented. Accounting is actually a discipline that is as ancient as civilization itself and quite more complex than the people's portrayal. This paper follows the historical and developmental evolution of accounting to how it is practiced in contemporary society."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Smith, L. Murphy. "Luca Pacioli: Father of Accounting, " March 29, 2002.
  • Gireaux, Gary. "Accounting History Pages," Texas A&M University, 2002.
  • WWW.IASB.Org
  • Sarbanes Oxley Act, Public Company Accounting and Investor Protection Act of 2002,Pub. 107-204, 116 Stat 745, Enacted July 30, 2002.

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