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    Alisdair Dobie is Professor of Accounting at Edge Hill University and previously lectured at Newcastle University, the University of the West of Scotland and Stirling University. He read History at Edinburgh University before working for a major Scottish investment trust and qualifying as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with one of the big four accounting firms. He completed his PhD at Durham University where he worked on one of the most significant collections of medieval accounting material to be found in Europe.

    He has published work in Accounting Business and Financial History (where his first paper was awarded the prize for best article of the year), Accounting Historians JournalAccounting History Review, and British Accounting Review and written a monograph Accounting at Durham Cathedral Priory: Management and Control of a Major Ecclesiastical Corporation 1083-1540 (published by Palgrave Macmillan in their History of Finance series). His current teaching includes undergraduate and postgraduate modules: ACC2023 (Research Methodologies and Methods in Accounting and Financial Management); BUS3027 (Strategic Financial Management) and BUS4523 (Business Planning and Financial Management). Previously he has also delivered modules in accounting history and theory, auditing, financial accounting and management accounting.

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    My research interests include all aspects of accounting and financial history from ancient times to the present day and business ethics. In particular my focus is on medieval accounting and finance and accounting within religious organizations. My work involves detailed analysis of original source documents in Latin and Byzantine Greek.


    • D History General and Old World
    • Accounting History


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