On the italian debate concerning “Economia Aziendale”. The recent discovery of a manuscript by Emilio Ravenna (1930)

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The paper relies upon the recent discovery of the textbook of Accounting adopted in Palermo’s High Business School (the ‘ancestor’ of the Faculty of ‘Economics & Business’, founded after in 1936), just in its first years of opening (academic year 1930-31). It is a printed manuscript. This book was written by the local profes- sor of Accounting, Emilio Ravenna, who operated in Sicily between the last decades of XIX century and the first ones of XX one, commonly considered (Guzzo, 2003) an intermediate scholar between the ‘Venetian’ (Besta) and ‘Tuscan’ (Cerboni) Italian Schools, adhering to the former for the accounting method and to the latter for the general theory of administrative functions, but here revealing more as belonging to the latter. The book is placed within a period of strong debate for the Italian community, after Zappa’s manifesto for the new science of “Eco- nomia aziendale”, and also includes a full conception of Accounting as an open criticism to “Economia azien- dale”. The interest for this discovery is due to the explicit answer to the defy launched at ‘Ca’ Foscari’ (Universi- ty of Venice) by Gino Zappa. But the most relevant issue is that this answer does not come from the main ‘Vene- tian School’ of Besta disciples, then dominating in Italy, but from a true ‘survivor’ of the older ‘Tuscan School’, strictly follower of Giovanni Rossi work, and in those times already declined. It is noteworthy the fact Ravenna generally agrees with Zappa, confuting, however, only that his conceptions would be really new. The following paper, then, presenting the basic contents of the aforementioned book, with a peculiar stress on the doctrinal items concerning Accounting and “Economia aziendale”, reveals a continuity, perhaps overestimated by Raven- na, between the late XIX-century ‘Scientific Accounting’ by Cerboni and the early XX-century “Economia aziendale” by Zappa.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)112-136
Numero di pagine25
RivistaDE COMPUTIS
Volume13
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2016

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