This paper starts from the absence of a theory of Non-Profit Entities (NPE)in proper accounting or 'business economics' approaches. Accounting was traditionally developed by and for firms and is only roughly approaching the non-profit dominium. In doing so, we experience either an excessive generalism or excessive specialism. Hence, we seek a multi-level setting of the problem: general properties or 'characteristics' for entities in general, special properties or 'characterisations' for NPEs, and further properties of the main classes of NPEs. The chief outcome is the definition of based on the production of 'social' value and a further classification between NPOs and 'social' firms and, likewise, between the typical stocks and flows dealt with. A special emphasis on the Italian language literature and the 'business economics' approach is stressed throughout the paper

Costa, M., Guzzo, G. (2012). Non-profit entities between generalistic vs. specialistic approaches on a systematics of levels of definitions and classifications. In C. Lipari (a cura di), Papers on accounting and accounting history (pp. 85-111). Roma : Rirea.

Non-profit entities between generalistic vs. specialistic approaches on a systematics of levels of definitions and classifications

COSTA, Massimo;GUZZO, Giusy
2012-01-01

Abstract

This paper starts from the absence of a theory of Non-Profit Entities (NPE)in proper accounting or 'business economics' approaches. Accounting was traditionally developed by and for firms and is only roughly approaching the non-profit dominium. In doing so, we experience either an excessive generalism or excessive specialism. Hence, we seek a multi-level setting of the problem: general properties or 'characteristics' for entities in general, special properties or 'characterisations' for NPEs, and further properties of the main classes of NPEs. The chief outcome is the definition of based on the production of 'social' value and a further classification between NPOs and 'social' firms and, likewise, between the typical stocks and flows dealt with. A special emphasis on the Italian language literature and the 'business economics' approach is stressed throughout the paper
Settore SECS-P/07 - Economia Aziendale
Costa, M., Guzzo, G. (2012). Non-profit entities between generalistic vs. specialistic approaches on a systematics of levels of definitions and classifications. In C. Lipari (a cura di), Papers on accounting and accounting history (pp. 85-111). Roma : Rirea.
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