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Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance

Chapter 4: Small Stones, Dark Days and Light: 1985–1993

A still deeper sign of the changing of the guard came when the avuncular Harry Lindstrom retired. He was "young enough so he could still enjoy retirement, and old enough that he had had enough of teaching, and that sort of thing". One day, he walked out of his office, the last of the Accounting faculty appointed in the 1960s, leaving everything behind. His books became a seed for the Lindstrom Library, developed by Tress and Harrison as a resource for the growing research program.

Another symbol of the changes under way was the physical move the Department made from its position near Law and the Humanities in W3A and C3A. … Released from being spread between buildings, and across the odd "mezzanine" design of W3A, the architecture [of C5C] created both a greater sense of "school" and more interpersonal connectivity across departmental boundaries.

During his time there, Easton's rigour and international focus revolutionised the image of accounting as a practical discipline. "As an undergraduate, I thought of accounting as 'back-room and boring'. What has accounting got to do with the real world? Peter's research showed that there was a wealth of information hidden in these boring accounts. If you knew it, you could work out what was going on, and what was going to go on" [S. Wright].