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A Humane Reckoning - From Accounting to Accountability at Macquarie University

By the end of 1975 … the Department had transitioned from a struggling, unstable service unit to an emerging unit with its own ideas as to where they wanted to go. In their midst, in open collar around the BBQ, aco-conspirator with the wine cask, was their Senior Lecturer, Carrick Martin.

Easton's rigour and international focus revolutionised the image of accounting as a practical discipline. "… 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].

The appointment of Mark Gabbott asExecutive Dean in 2008 … would incentivise research performance and teaching quality, reform the workload model (counter to the Department's traditional teaching-centred values) in order to "provide relief for research active staff members".

Why, then, did Macquarie Accounting's extraordinary research profile in international accounting, and its enormous prestige in China, not translate into greater internal standing and external reputation?