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Looking for an Accounting Identity : The Case of Romania during the 20th Century


  • E. Barbu

    (CERAG - Centre d'études et de recherches appliquées à la gestion - UPMF - Université Pierre Mendès France - Grenoble 2 - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, ACM professionnal member - ACM professionnal member)

  • N. Farcane

    (West University of TimiBoara - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration)

  • A. Popa

    (University Eftimie Murgu Reşiţa - Faculty of Engineering, Reşiţa)


This article aims to provide a longitudinal presentation of developments in Romanian accounting during the 20th century and to propose a neo-institutional explanation of this evolution. The historical research methodology employed here is complex. We use a constructive research philosophy, an inductive research approach, a mixture of research types (narrative, oral and interpretative histories), content analysis as our research method and four types of data collection (archives, secondary data, observations and interviews). The interpretative analysis is based on the neo-institutional theoretical framework. The study identifies a “homeAgrown”, normative influence in Romanian accounting practices during the first 50 years of the twentieth century, a coercive one, imposed until 1989, by a centralized communist system, and from 1989 to the present, a mixed isomorphism oriented around French, European and International accounting systems. Lacking a period of introspection, the authors feel that there is little hope that Romanian accounting will reA discover its unique culture, or will manage to build upon or improve its indigenous base in the current international context

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  • E. Barbu & N. Farcane & A. Popa, 2010. "Looking for an Accounting Identity : The Case of Romania during the 20th Century," Post-Print halshs-00534741, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00534741
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    1. Costel ISTRATE, 2011. "Evolutions in the Accounting – Taxation (Dis)Connection in Romania, After 1990," Review of Economic and Business Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 8, pages 43-61, December.


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