My esteemed colleague, Paolo Quattrone of the University of Edinburgh, has published some of the most interesting research on accounting by anyone, anywhere. His website is well worth a visit.
If you'd like to see a sample of his work, check out his article on the Jesuits. I wish I'd written it:
Accounting for God: accounting and accountability practices in the Society of Jesus (Italy, XVI–XVII centuries). Accounting, Organizations and Society, Volume 29, Issue 7, October 2004, Pages 647–683