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Conceptual and historical underpinnings of accounting

  • This cumulative dissertation covers the conceptual foundations and historical evolution of various aspects in accounting. The first article discusses the conceptual framework of the U.S. standard setter FASB and shows that the evolution of the U.S. GAAP conceptual framework in the 1970s and 1980s was considerably influenced by economic factors. The second manuscript employs a conditional-normative approach to analyze the 2010 joint conceptual framework of the international and the U.S. standard setter, in particular the qualitative characteristics of useful financial information. The paper shows that the qualitative characteristics are not a sufficient basis for developing accounting standards. The third article focuses on the regulatory history of asset valuation in Germany and explains regulatory changes by socio-economic and political events. The fourth and final article contains a historical-critical analysis of the concept of accountability, which forms the basis of accounting. The article analyzes accountability at a German university during the Nazi regime and illustrates the limits of the concept.

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Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Author:Dominic Detzen
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Accounting and Auditing
Full text/ URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:14-qucosa-119374
Year of Completion:2013
Leipzig: HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, 2013 Diss. HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, 2013