Business Ethics: A Cross-cultural Comparison of Accounting Students

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Mirshekary, Soheila, Tennent, Beth and Yaftian, Ali M (2005) Business Ethics: A Cross-cultural Comparison of Accounting Students. Review of Business Research, 5 (4). pp. 87-98. ISSN 1546-2609


Business ethics has been recognised as a critical issue following major company collapses around the world. In recent years the Australian corporate sector has been witness to the failure of a number of corporations, including HIH Insurance, One.Tel, Ansett Australia and Harris Scarfe. These collapses have had effects on different aspects of Australian business and consequently resulted in reforms of corporate governance (Mirshekary, Yaftian & Cross, 2005). Corporate governance reform effects should be based on personal integrity, honesty and truthfulness rather than tougher legislation and corporate governance rules (Owen, 2003). Integrity entails much more than conformity to a set of rules and personal qualities such as integrity, honesty and morality are regarded as essential to the accountant. Ethical frameworks will assist accounting students in dealing with controversial problems in business such as whistle blowing and conflict of interest. This study examines students’ ethical behaviours, using multiple academic and accounting/business scenarios and focusing on the ethical attitudes of final year accountancy students who are of Australian or non-Australian origin. The results indicate that all respondents agree with the ethical nature of the statements but there are 18 out of 30 significant differences in the responses between Australian and Non-Australian students, with Australian students being more ethical.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Accounting
Historical > FOR Classification > 1505 Marketing
Historical > SEO Classification > 9504 Religion and Ethics
Keywords ResPubID16794. Business Ethics, Accounting Students, Australian and Non-Australian, Cross Cultural, Academic vs. business perceptions, gender differences, moral values
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