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A Humane Reckoning - From Accounting to Accountability at Macquarie University

For the little group who came on staff in the mid-1970s it was clear that the discipline needed to mark out its claim, raise its quality and reputation, obtain traction with the industry, and work more coherently asa team.

In1978 first year enrolments in Accounting alone stood at 410; a year later they stood at 620. By 1982, Martin noted to the administration that he had over 1100students in first year Accounting alone, a number the Department was facing without prospect of staff renewal …

Student numbers in first year were "exceptionally high", impacting upon the ability of staff to effectively mark the vast tide of assignments.Carrick Martin was giving three lectures a day, twice a week in order to spread the student numbers across the available teaching spaces: "it was getting ridiculous" [C. Martin].

The first fruits of this emerged in the mid-1980s. As their research and doctoral programs progressed, McKinnon andHarrison—separately and together, both in their doctoral theses and then in articles and books—began to build a focus on international and transcultural accounting research.