From 'rock stars' to 'hygiene factors': teachers at private accountancy tuition providers

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  • Matt Davies
  • Simon Finley
  • Lara Gee
  • Lisa Weaver
  • David Yates


In this article, we examine the role, status and autonomy of teachers at English private accountancy tuition providers from 1980 to the present. We argue that, during this period, teachers transformed from ‘rock stars’ who enjoyed significant status and autonomy over their work to ‘hygiene factors’ in a largely standardised and commodified teaching environment. Growing cost pressures on tuition providers and an increasing emphasis on the quality and consistency of the learning experience are identified as significant factors in this transformation. We discuss these findings with reference to current developments towards corporatisation and marketisation in the English higher education sector.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-150
Number of pages13
JournalAccounting History
Issue number1-2
Early online date27 Sep 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • accounting education, accounting history, accountancy tuition, commodification, corporatisation, oral history