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Professor Trevor Boyns

Professor Trevor Boyns

Professor of Accounting and Business History

Cardiff Business School

Email
boyns@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5576
Campuses
E34, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Overview

Trevor is currently flexibly retired, being employed on a part-time basis of 3 days per week. Having graduated from the University of Warwick with a first class degree in Mathematics and Economics in 1974, he came to Cardiff in August 1976 as a tutorial fellow and has remained ever since! Having become a lecturer in Economics in 1978, he went to gain his PhD in econometric history in 1982 fromthe University of Wales, before being appointed a senior lecturer in 1997 and a professor in 2004, largely on the basis of his research work in the history of accounting and business/management history.

Trevor's early research work focused on the economic and business history of the British coal industry, especially the south Wales coalfield, and this remained his main field of interest until the late 1980s, when he joined forces with the eminent accounting historian, J.R. (Dick) Edwards to conduct research into the development of cost and management accounting, not only in Britain but subsequently also in France and other countries. Together with Dick Edwards, Trevor launched the journal, Accounting, Business & Financial History (now Accounting History Review) in 1990 and they remained as joint editors through until the end of 2010. The fruits of their joint research work during the 1990s and 2000s can be found in A History of Management Accounting – The British Experience, published by Routledge in 2013.

Since taking flexible retirement in 2018, and consequent on being relieved of all administrative duties, Trevor has returned to research, where he continues to research in the field of accounting and business history, while at the same time going back to his earlier interest, the history of the south Wales coal industry. Recent research in the latter field has focused on the south Wales coal export trade, while in the field of accounting and business history he has recently collaborated with Professor Fabrizio Cerbioni (Padua University, Italy) and Dick Edwards, while continuing to publsh papers on his own account.

Biography

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Association of Business Historians (council member, 1997-2000; president, 1998-99)
  • Member of the Economic History Society.

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Teaching

  • Maths lectures (Year 1) on BS 1551 Microeconomics and BS1652 Macroeconomics
  • Lectures (Year 2) on Microeconomic Theory
  • Lectures (Year 2) on Modern British Economic History

Research interests

The development of cost and management accounting (especially in Britain, but also other countries, including France, Italy and Japan), aspects of British business and management history and the economic and business history of the south Wales coal industry.

PhD supervision research interests

Historical development of accounting, especially cost and management accounting