The much anticipated fourth edition of Craig Deegan's Financial Accounting Theory delivers authoritative and completely up to date material with the discussion of both existing theories and newer theories that have surfaced as financial reporting has become more international. This edition includes a new selection of modern 'Accounting Headlines' which provide current examples of organisations and individuals putting accounting theory into practice in both local and global settings. Financial Accounting Theory covers additional topics such as critical perspectives, public sector accounting and fair value. Workflows and processes are presented using enhanced visual charts to help demonstrate how accounting works in practice. Deegan presents the concepts in a clear and straightforward style, while challenging students to think critically about the range of accounting theories. Financial Accounting Theory provides a sound basis for readers contemplating further research and develops habits of analytical reasoning and critical thinking.
This book has a balanced discussion and critical evlaution of different theories of accounting, including Positive Accounting Theory, Political Economy Theory, Stakeholder Theory and Legitimacy Theory, as well as various normative theories of accounting.
Appropriate for Financial Accounting Theory courses at both the senior undergraduate and professional master's levels. This newly revised text provides a theoretical approach to financial accounting in Canada, without overlooking institutional structure and standard setting. Important research papers are selected for description and commentary, while extensive references to other research papers underlie the text discussion.
This book explains the content of the Accounting `Standards Board's new Statement of Principles for Financial Reporting' in an accessible language, specifically for the student of accounting and finance.
Financial Accounting Theory provides a balanced, critical discussion of different theories of financial accounting and is specifically written for third year accounting theory undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Presented in a logical sequence (refer to the diagrammatic overview of Financial Accounting Theory), the text begins with an overview of the various financial reporting decisions that entities typically face, and outlining regulated and unregulated reporting then evaluates and provides arguments for and against this regulation.Normative (prescriptive) theories are overviewed, international harmonisation of accounting is explored, and the development of new systems of accounting are considered along with how individuals and capital markets react to various corporate disclosures. The book concludes with an overview of various critical perspectives of accounting. Particular emphasis is given to: Generating awareness that students & professionals should critically evaluate theories before accepting them. Building an understanding of how theories are developed as a result of applying various value judgements. The role of issues such as culture and how cultural differences have typically been proposed as a reason to explain differences in accounting requirements. The political process involved in the setting of accounting standards. As it is divided into 12 chapters this text provides and ideal foundation for the average one semester unit that investigates financial accounting theory. Because it provides a balanced perspective of alternative and sometimes conflicting theories of financial accounting it also provides a sound basis for readers contemplating further research and develops habits of analytical reasoning and critical thinking.
Financial accounting, commonly known in daily verbatim as ‘book keeping’, is one of the oldest practices integral of business management. Financial accounting is officially dated to the medieval ages when one of the first banking houses and groups gained importance towards the public and in commercial fields. The first bankers wanted an organised approach towards maintaining set references that would act as formally laid records for them, to be referred in the future or present, and were meant to keep in touch of the financial situation of the business. However, historically accounting methods go back to ancient times when prestigious records were required to be maintained. Financial accounting is so important that nearly every management institute in the world compulsorily trains its students about it, teaching core principles and why it is important to develop a record keeping habit not just in the industry but personally as well. When seen from a personal point of view too, financial accounting can lend much support to one’s own finances. In our modern times, we see a number of apps and software on mobiles and computers specifically intended to maintain a record of our personal record. In its conceptual entirety, maintaining personal finances itself constitutes one of the practical forms of financial accounting.
Financial accounting theory has numerous practical applications and policy implications, for instance, international accounting standard setters are increasingly relying on theoretical accounting concepts in the creation of new standards; and corporate regulators are increasingly turning to various conceptual frameworks of accounting to guide regulation and the interpretation of accounting practices. The global financial crisis has also led to a new found appreciation of the social, economic and political importance of accounting concepts generally and corporate financial reporting in particular. For instance, the fundamentals of capital market theory (i.e. market efficiency) and measurement theory (i.e. fair value) have received widespread public and regulatory attention. This comprehensive, authoritative volume provides a prestige reference work which offers students, academics, regulators and practitioners a valuable resource containing the current scholarship and practice in the established field of financial accounting theory.
"This book provides the reader with a broad overview of research and the conceptual reasoning behind financial reporting. We adopt the perspective that financial accounting theory can be summarized as the quest for answers to two fundamental questions: What characterizes high-quality accounting? and What are the determinants and consequences of high-quality accounting? The book contains a discussion of how the above questions relate to: current accounting standards (such as IFRS and its Conceptual Framework), theories in economics, finance and other disciplines, evidence from empirical accounting research, and, the role that accounting plays in bridging the information gap between firms and financial statement users in capital markets. We cover a range of topics associated with accounting quality definitions, determinants and consequences. These include earnings and disclosure quality, accounting standards, the institutional environment, corporate governance, and managerial incentives. The usefulness of accounting, both for valuation and stewardship purposes, is discussed. The book is designed for graduate students in accounting and finance. It is an excellent introduction to accounting research for Master and PhD students when they write their thesis or dissertation. It is also useful for researchers who want an overview of current research and for practitioners wanting insight into the current state of knowledge about financial reporting."
This fifth edition of Accounting Theory presents the principal approaches and proposed solutions to the problem of formulating an accounting theory and brings the book up to date with the latest theoretical developments. Accounting theory is a highly complex subject for students to understand. No single generally accepted theory has been created, despite many attempts. Different assumptions and methodologies have resulted in a variety of frameworks, which some experts find acceptable. But it is vital to uphold the consistent standards that define the nature, function and scope of financial statements and the techniques for producing them. To understand how accounting theories are constructed and verified is to understand the essence of accounting. The book analyses the formulation of theory and examines its various facets, including the history and development of the discipline and the regulatory framework. The text also discusses future trends in accounting, examines accounting research and presents a critical analysis of the context of the contemporary accounting profession. Accounting Theory begins by explaining the history, development, nature and uses of accounting. It goes on to cover all the key aspects of accounting theory including the traditional and behavioural approaches to formulating a theory; fairness, disclosure and future trends and philosophical/scientific views of accounting. Belkaoui's text does more than purely examine the issues surrounding the formulation of accounting theory; it puts accounting theory into its international context.
This second edition of a book first published in 1983 features three new chapters on the conceptual framework of financial reporting currently being developed in Australia. Other chapters have been rewritten or updated. Includes subject and author indexes.