Title: A tribute to Tony Lowe: the man who taught me how to think

Authors: Ibrahim O. Shahin

Addresses: Faculty of Commerce, Helwan University, Helwan, Cairo, Egypt

Abstract: March 2014 saw the passing of Tony Lowe, the academic father figure of the 'Sheffield School of 'Accounting' Thought'. His legacy has been described in extended reflections in major academic accounting journals in the UK and the USA written by remarkable academics. This paper is an attempt to complement these valuable contributions. The author has been supervised by Tony Lowe and is one of the earliest members of his Sheffield School. He describes in this paper how Tony Lowe supervised his students, and highlights his views about education and supervision. He also describes how Tony selected members of his elite group, how he kept following their careers even if they were so far away and how he managed to create a strong bond social and academic between them. The legend of the Sheffield School is two-fold: First, its impact on accounting theory, research and education. Second: The high quality of academics it produced. They have together made a remarkable positive impact on the development of accounting education and research all over the world. The names I listed represent part of the group who were more closely associated with me during my stay in the UK. I apologise to those colleagues whose names I overlooked.

Keywords: Tony Lowe; Ernest Anthony Lowe; Sheffield School of Accounting Thought; interdisciplinary approach; critical accounting; management control; system approach; behavioural research; behavioural accounting; empirical research; internal auditing; accounting education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCA.2015.073512

International Journal of Critical Accounting, 2015 Vol.7 No.5/6, pp.452 - 459

Received: 19 Mar 2015
Accepted: 20 Mar 2015

Published online: 10 Dec 2015 *

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