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    Anthony Hopwood
    memorial posted May 10, 2010 by Deirdre Harris, tagged 2010, memorial 
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    Anthony Hopwood
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    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of AAA members Anthony Hopwood this last weekend.

    Anthony made an outstanding contribution to many areas of academic accounting, but we remember particularly his notable contribution to the discipline of management accounting.  His PhD at the University of Chicago was a groundbreaking application of methods and insights from social psychology to the subject of budgetary control and management accounting, and he went on to both develop these insights in the field of management accounting and also to use wider, organizational perspectives to the study of all aspects of accounting.  It was in respect of these achievements that he was awarded the Management Accounting Section’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

    He will be particularly remembered for two achievements, both of which indicate his farsightedness.  Firstly, he was the founding Editor of Accounting, Organizations and Society, now in its 35th year of publication, and which has had an incalculable impact on accounting research of all types.  Secondly, he was a central figure in the founding of the European Accounting Association which is holding its 33rd annual congress next week in Istanbul.  The world would not have been the same without his influence.

    From a personal standpoint, he was my PhD supervisor when he returned from the USA to Manchester Business School in 1970, and I am profoundly grateful for his influence and guidance on my own career.

    The Management Accounting Section will be sending its condolences to his wife, Caryl, and family.

    David Otley
    MAS President