Soldiers don’t go mad: shell shock and accounting intransigence in the British Army 1914-1918

Miley, Frances and Read, Andrew (2020) Soldiers don’t go mad: shell shock and accounting intransigence in the British Army 1914-1918. British Accounting Review. a100956. ISSN 0890-8389

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Abstract

This research examines intransigence in accounting systems. Using historical research methods and archival sources, it explores intransigence in the Royal Army Medical Corps’ accounting systems in the context of the incidence of shell shock among British Army soldiers fighting at the battlefront during the First World War. The Army did not recognise shell shock as a medical condition and made few changes to its medical accounting systems for soldiers with shell shock. The four factors of system stability of the AGIL scheme (adaptation, goal attainment, integration, latency) are used to understand the limited medical accounting response to shell shock. This research indicates that in addition to historical and internal political reasons for intransigence, intransigence will occur unless a factor in the AGIL scheme is sufficiently impaired to make the accounting system unstable and force system change. This research finding has contemporary relevance, explaining accounting intransigence in response to issues of social concern.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: AGIL, Goal attainment, Intransigence, Latency, Medical accounting, Adaptation, Military accounting, Systems integration
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Accounting and Finance
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Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2020 10:24
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2020 12:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/94223

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