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Martin Persson

Assistant Professor, Managerial Accounting and Control

J.J. Wettlaufer Faculty Fellow

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  • Accounting History
  • Accounting Theory
  • Accounting in Society

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Martin E. Persson is the J. J. Wettlaufer Faculty Fellow and an Assistant Professor of Managerial Accounting and Control at the Ivey Business School. He holds a BSc in Accounting, an MSc in Accounting, Organizations and Institutions from London School of Economics, and a PhD in Accounting from Royal Holloway University of London.

Martin has received several awards, including an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Academy of Accounting Historians’ Burns Research Award for outstanding biographical work in accounting history; the Barbara D. Merino Award for excellence in accounting history publication; the Vangermeersch Manuscript Award for best new manuscript in accounting history; and the Margit F. & Hanns Martin W. Schoenfeld Scholarship to collect data in Australia and conduct research at the Universities of Rice and Sydney.

Martin’s research interests are broadly within the field of critical accounting research and accounting history. He is particularly interested in people, ideas, and institutions from the 1900s and is currently focusing on the development of economic models and calculative practices as well as classical accounting theory and measurement issues. His research interests have taken him to various archives, such as those found at the Universities of Northwestern, Columbia, and Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Martin has published several articles in journals such as Abacus, Accounting Historians Journal, Accounting History, Accounting History Review, and Meditari Accountancy Research, and he has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for journals such Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, and European Accounting Review. He has also published an edited book with Emerald, as part of their Studies in the Development of Accounting Thought Series, and he has another book forthcoming with Routledge.

At Ivey Business School, Martin teaches the Financial Fundamentals course in the Honors Business Administration program and the research course in the Graduate Diploma program. For these activities, he was the 2015 recipient of the David G. Burgoyne Teaching Award for Outstanding Commitment to Student Development.


  • Financial Fundamentals
  • Advanced Corporate Financial Reporting
  • HBA Core


  • BSc, Jacksonville University
  • MSc, London School of Economics
  • PhD, University of London

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Persson, M. E.; Fafatas, S., 2018, "Accounting Measurements, Profit, and Loss: A Science Fiction Play in One Act by Harold C. Edey", Accounting History Review, August 28(1-2): 31 - 60.
  • Persson, M. E.; Napier, C. J., 2018, "R. J. Chambers on Securities and Obscurities: Making a Case for the Reform of the Law of Company Accounts in the 1970s", Abacus, March 54(1): 36 - 65.
  • Persson, M. E.; Radcliffe, V. S.; Stein, M. J., 2018, "Elmer G. Beamer and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants: The Pursuit of a Cognitive Standard for the Accounting Profession", Accounting History, February 23(1-2): 71 - 92.
  • Persson, M. E.; Napier, C. J., 2015, "R. J. Chambers and the AICPA’s Postulates and Principles Controversy: A Case of Vicarious Action", Accounting Historian's Journal, December 42(2): 101 - 132.
  • Persson, M. E.; Radcliffe, V. S.; Stein, M. J., 2015, "Alvin R. Jennings: Managing Partner, Policy-Maker, & Institute President", Accounting Historian's Journal, June 42(1): 85 - 104.
  • Persson, M. E.; Napier, C. J., 2014, "The Australian Accounting Academic in the 1950s: R. J. Chambers and Networks of Accounting Research", Meditari Accountancy Research, December 22(1): 54 - 76.

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