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Influence of German Betriebswirtschaftslehre on Dutch Bedrijfseconomie with particular reference to accounting

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  • Camfferman, Kees

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Econometrie (Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics Sciences, Business Administration and Economitrics)

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    In the international accounting literature, both the Netherlands and Germany are known for the influence exerted on accounting by their respective business economics traditions. Given the geographical and linguistic proximity of the two countries, it is natural to assume a degree of cross-border influence. This paper assesses the historical evidence for German influence on the development of Dutch business economics from the late 19th century until the Second World War. It is argued that such influence was strongest around 1900 and that its clearest effect was institutional. Largely on the basis of the German example, business economics was recognized as an academic discipline in the 1910s. In terms of content, Dutch business economics reflected the German debate between proponents of a pragmatic, multidisciplinary approach and advocates of a more narrowly defined discipline in which business economics was seen as a part of economics. The fact that leading Dutch business economists, most notably Limperg, opted for the second approach at a relatively early stage gave Dutch business economics a distinctive character.

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    Paper provided by VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics in its series Serie Research Memoranda with number 0035.

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    Date of creation: 1998
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    Handle: RePEc:dgr:vuarem:1998-35

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    1. Stefano Zambon, 1996. "Accounting and business economics traditions: a missing European connection?," European Accounting Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(3), pages 401-411.
    2. Camfferman, Kees, 1998. "Perceptions of the Royal Mail Case in the Netherlands," Serie Research Memoranda 0036, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
    3. Walther Busse von Colbe, 1996. "Accounting and the business economics tradition in Germany," European Accounting Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(3), pages 413-434.
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