Richard Mattessich

Richard Mattessich

Mech Eng (Vienna IV), DKF, Dr. rer pol (Vienna XIX),
Professor Emeritus, Accounting and Information Systems Division

Contact Information

Office David Lam 424
Tel (604) 822-8419

Research Interests

  • Accounting theory
  • Accounting history
  • Philosophy of applied sciences

Special Honours (selected):
2007 Dr. hon. causa, University of Graz (Austria);
2006 Dr. hon. causa, University of Montesquieu (Bordeaux);
2006 Dr. hon. causa, University of Malaga (Spain);
2004-Present (and 1978-88) Member of the Board of Nominations of the Accounting Hall of Fame;
2003 Hourglass Award of the Academy of Accounting Historians;
1998 Doctor honoris causa (Madrid/Complutense);
1997 Honorary Professor, Centro Universitario Francesco de Vitoria, Madrid;
1991 Haim Falk Award for Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Thought (CAAA);
1984-Present Corresponding Member to the Austrian Academy of Sciences;
1972 Award for Notable Contribution to Accounting Literature (AICPA/AAA)

Curriculum Vitae
(over 25 books; and over 180 papers published in books, anthologies and learned journals - for details see Curriculum Vitae)

Pioneered (between 1961 and 1964) the computerized Spreadsheet - see p.3 "Early Implementations" of <> and related websites.

Major Books (selected)
Reality in Accounting - Ontological Explorations in the Economic and Social Sciences (published in August 2013, with © 2014)

Two-hundred Years of Accounting Research: An International Survey of Personalities, Ideas, and Publications from about 1800 to 2000 (a comprehensive book, partly based on some of my previous historical papers, occasionally in co-authorship covering accounting research in some 20 countries in detail and over a dozen further countries in lesser details.  London: Routledge, 2008; paperback and Kindle editions: 2011)

The Beginnings of Accounting - Accounting Practice in the Middle East (from 8000 b.c. to 2000 b.c) and Accounting Thought in India (ca. 300 b.c and the Middle Ages) in 2000.

Foundational Research in Accounting - Professional Memoirs and Beyond (1995, with serial transation in Japanese - second revised edition by De Computis on the internet in 2006, and third expanded edition available from the author)

Critique of Accounting - Examination of the Foundations and Normative Structure of an Applied Discipline (1995)

Editor of: Accounting Research in the 1980's and Its Future Relevance (1984, 1989, and 1992 - with the supplementary volume: Modern Accounting Research: History, Survey, and Guide, 1991; French translation in 1993)

Instrumental Reasoning and Systems Methodology - An Epistemology of the Applied and Social Sciences (1978; Paperback edition, 1980; also in the University Microfilms International Books on Demand Series, 1979)

Simulation of the Firm through a Budget Computer Program (1964, reprinted in 1979; Books on Demand Series.  This book anticipated, by almost twenty years, major elements of such bestselling microcomputer programmes as VISI-CALC, SUPER-CALC, LOTUS 1-2-3, etc.)

Accounting and Analytical Methods (1964, reprinted in 1977 in "Outstanding Financial Reprints", Houston; and at "Series of Accounting Classics", University Microfilms International, of Books on Demand; German translation in 1970; Japanese translation in 1972-75; Spanish translation in 2002)

(for a current list see: WorldCat of your Library Internet)

Tenure Professorships
1967-1988 University of British Columbia
1976-1978 University of Technology, Vienna (Chair of Industr. Admstr., Austria)
1966-1967 Ruhr University Bochum (Chair of Economics, Germany)
1959-1967 University of California, Berkeley
1953-1959 Mount Allison University (Chairman of Commerce, Canada)

Visiting Professorships
2004 Visiting Professor at the University of Málaga, Spain
1992 University of Tokyo
1992 City University of Hong Kong, and Chuo
1971 and 1973 Austrian Academy of Management, Graz
1970 University of Canterbury, New Zealand
1965/66 University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
1965 Free University Berlin