How to lock-in workers and capital: the role of accounting in the era of a Swedish textile mill
by Per Forsberg
International Journal of Critical Accounting (IJCA), Vol. 5, No. 1, 2013

Abstract: This article contributes with knowledge about accounting history in Sweden between 1834-1903. It is written from the perspective of new accounting history. As such, it focuses on how the socio-political-economic context affects accounting but also that accounting has important implications. The article focuses especially on what roles accounting played for the industrialisation in Sweden. The first mechanical weaving company in Sweden, the textile mill Rydboholm, is used as an example to illustrate how accounting developed and that accounting had important functions for solving certain problems that existed during the 19th century. The major problems that accounting helped to solve was problems as: lack of money and capital together with the establishments of credit- and production networks. Moreover, accounting did play a crucial role for the industrialisation in Sweden because it made possible to lock-in capital and workers in the company.

Online publication date: Thu, 28-Nov-2013

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