A Role for Compulsory Study of Fine Literature in Accounting, Finance and Management Education
Fine literature offers a multifaceted contribution to higher education in all fields, especially vocational subjects and particularly - within vocational subjects - in accounting, finance and management. In a field which suffers unduly from pressure to impart ‘marketable skills’ literature reinforces original, creative, imaginative and multicultural thought. By adding a disciplinary dimension literature encourages reflective consideration of ideas in terms of the difference which they make to other ideas. Literature militates against the threat of de-disciplining in one of the most vocational areas in the whole university curriculum. Studied holistically literature sets important issues of management into the context of human endeavour and choices. Not least literature is prophetic. Literature hones and enriches expression. The labour market will in the long run penalise those who lack the qualities which can be uniquely imparted by literature.
Keywords: Fine Literature, Accounting Education, Finance Education, Management Education
Prof. Roger Jeffrey Lister
Professor, Business School, University of Salford