Hourglass Award

The Hourglass Award of the Academy of Accounting Historians is presented annually to an individual who has made a demonstrable and significant contribution to knowledge through research and publication in accounting history. The judging panel will echo the tradition of openness and flexibility associated with the Award and will emphasize the importance of contribution as the fundamental criterion. To that end there is no restriction as to who may make a nomination, the country in which the nominee is resident, or the paradigms and methodologies employed in the nominee’s work. Nominators are asked to supply a 200 word (maximum) statement summarizing the reasons why the nominee should be considered, full contact details of the nominator and nominee and a list of relevant contributions and any other relevant documentation supplied by the nominee who has agreed to be nominated.

Deadline for Nominations: June 15, 2017

Send nominations to: Academy Executive Committee at acchistory@case.edu.


Congratulations to the 2016 Recipient!
Massimo Sargiacomo, University G.d'Annunzio of Chieti-Pescara

Massimo Sargiacomo is a tenured Professor of Accounting and Public Management in the Department of Management and Business Administration at the University G.d'Annunzio of Chieti-Pescara where he has also been sole Vice-Rector to Administration and Management, President of the Bachelor Degree Undergraduate Course on Economics and Management, President of the Research Committee of the Faculty of the Managerial Sciences, as well as of the Department of Management and Business Administration, and is still Director of the Phd Programme in "Accounting, Management and Business Economics". In addition to his current roles, he has active research collaborations with several colleagues at diverse universities, for example: Edinburgh Business School and Toronto Schulich School of Business.

Sargiacomo is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a degree in Economics and Commerce studies, a master’s degree in Direction and Management of Healthcare Organizations, and a doctorate in Economics and Management of Businesses and Financial Institutions. He has also completed post-graduate coursework at Harvard University’s School of Public Health. In the past 15 years, from Australia to America, Massimo has delivered speeches on Accounting History and Contemporary Accounting issues. Massimo is currently serving on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including: Critical Perspectives on Accounting; Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal; Accounting History Review; Accounting History; and De Computis. He has published over 50 academic papers in Italian and international refereed journals and is the director of the McGraw-Hill Education International Refereed Book Series: Contemporary issues in Accounting and Auditing (e.g. Financial Distress in Italian Public Administrations, McGraw -Hill, London-New York 2016) and co-editor of other books, including Accounting and Food (Routledge, London, 2016). Sargiacomo was the 2014-15 President of the Academy of Accounting Historians and is currently serving on the Board of Trustees. In addition, Massimo is the delegate to international relations of the Italian Society of Accounting History (SISR). In 2016, Massimo served as convenor of the XIV World Congress of Accounting Historians, in Pescara, Italy.

In 2009, Massimo was the recipient of the Best Manuscript Award for a paper published in the journal, Accounting History, and in 2012, he won the Thomas Burns Biographical Research Award for a co-authored paper published in Accounting History Review. His current research is focused not only on accounting and business history, but also on Accounting for Natural Disasters and Accounting for High-Fashion/Luxury Companies.

Past recipients of the Award:

1973 Stephen A. Zeff, Rice University

1974 Michael Chatfield, Southern Oregon State College

1975 Hanns-Martin Schoenfeld, University of Illinois

1976 Osamu Kojima, Kwansei Gakuin University

1976 Basil S. Yamey, London School of Economics

1977 Antonie van Seventer, San Francisco State University

1978 David A. R. Forrester, Strathclyde University

1979 Murray Wells, University of Sydney

1980 Barbara D. Merino, University of North Texas

1980 Gary J. Previts, Case Western Reserve University

1981 H. Thomas Johnson, Portland State University

1982 Williard E. Stone, University of Florida

1983 Richard P. Brief, New York University

1984 Esteban Hernandez Esteve, Bank of Spain

1985 Edgar Jones

1986 Leonard P. Spacek, The Ohio State University

1987 M. Ernest Stevelinck

1988 Peter L. McMickle, University of Memphis

1988 Richard G. Vangermeersch, University of Rhode Island

1989 Greg Whittred, University of Auckland

1990 Anne Loft, Copenhagen Business School

1991 Philip D. Bougen, University of New Mexico

1992 Basil Yamey, London School of Economics

1993 James Don Edwards, University of Georgia

1994 John Richard Edwards, Cardiff Business School

1995 Esteban Hernandez Esteve, Bank of Spain

1996 Michael Chatfield, Southern Oregon State College

1996 Richard C. Vangermeersch, University of Rhode Island

1997 Edward N. Coffman, Virginia Commonwealth University

1998 Robert H. Parker, University of Exeter, UK

1999 Richard K. Fleischman, John Carroll University

2000 Yannick Lemarchand, Universite de Nantes

2001 Stephen A. Zeff, Rice University

2002 Dale A. Buckmaster, University of Delaware

2003 Richard V. Mattessich, University of British Columbia

2004 Lee D. Parker, University of Adelaide

2005 Stephen P. Walker, University of Edinburgh

2006 Warwick N. Funnell, University of Wollongong

2007 Salvador Carmona, University Carlos III de Madrid

2008 Geofrey H. Burrows, University of Melbourne

2009 Mahmoud A. Ezzamel, Cardiff University

2010 Thomas N. Tyson, St. John Fisher College

2011 Oktay Guvemli, Marmara University

2012 Alan J. Richardson, University of Windsor

2013 David A. McCollum-Oldroyd, Durham University

2014 Dale L. Flesher, University of Mississippi

2015 Alan Sangster, Griffith University

Letter from the President

This is an exciting time for the Academy as we leverage our successful past to expand our reach as a 21st century global organization.

We have substantially completed the transition from a standalone entity during early 2018 and we are now operating as a section within the American Accounting Association (AAA). A transition team has worked diligently since late 2015 to transfer the operations and dedicated resources of the Academy of Accounting Historians to a section within the AAA structure and we were welcomed at the AAA Centennial meeting in August 2016 as the newest section of the AAA.

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Accounting Historians Journal

First volume was published in 1974. We publish twice a year. Older volumes are available online at AAA Digital Library

Overview of acceptable submissions:

  • History of profession
  • Biography
  • History of accounting change
  • Entity case studies: industries, companies, governmental or NFP entities
  • Development of accounting theory
  • Critical examinations of new or old research
  • Does not have to be old to be a part of our history

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Accounting Historians Notebook

Submissions and any other Notebook editorial matters may be sent to Tiffany Welch, Academy Administrator, at: acchistory@case.edu.

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