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The IAM's Founder: Lawrence R Dicksee

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The IAM's Founder: Lawrence R Dicksee

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If IAM founder, Professor Lawrence R Dicksee, were alive today' he would no doubt be fascinated to see how relevant his interest and writings on the office and its operation still are. A world without advanced technology' (the stuff of science fiction in the Professor's lifetime), is now impossible to imagine. But the basis of how these machines and technology works, is rooted back in the work of Professor Lawrence and his peers - themselves at the forefront of office machinery use in 1915. It's fair to say Dicksee was an 'early adopter'.

Lawrence R. Dicksee was made an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1886, only six years after the Institute was founded. Professor Dicksee was a prolific and influential author of accounting texts and his first book, Auditing: a practical manual for auditors first published in 1892, had a widespread impact on the profession. He subsequently wrote a large number of books on various accounting and business practices and has been described as the father of modern accounting.

In 1902 he was appointed Professor of Accounting at the University of Birmingham (the first professor of accounting at a British university) and the same year he was Lecturer in Accounting at the London School of Economics. …

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