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The perseverance of Pacioli's goods inventory accounting system

By G. Stoner

Abstract

This paper details sources of the 'undoubtedly strange' (Yamey, 1994a, p.119) system of goods inventory records described in Pacioli’s 1494 bookkeeping treatise and traces the longevity and widespread use of this early perpetual inventory recording (EPIR) system in English language texts. By doing so and contrasting this system with the bookkeeping treatment of modern texts, it is shown that the EPIR system persisted as the dominant form of goods inventory accounting for between 400 and 500 years and that the reasons for its demise are worthy of further consideration and research

Topics: HF5601
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.gla.ac.uk:57123
Provided by: Enlighten

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