Are accounting students socially and politically aware? A critical analysis of the responses of accounting students to social and political dilemmas in society

James, Kieran and Kavanagh, Marie H. (2013) Are accounting students socially and politically aware? A critical analysis of the responses of accounting students to social and political dilemmas in society. International Journal of Critical Accounting, 5 (1). pp. 34-62. ISSN 1757-9848

Abstract

There has been some debate recently about the extent to which business schools are developing ethics as a quality during business and accounting programs. It has been argued that using a ‘moral dilemma’ approach in case studies at university can develop the knowledge and skills required for
responsible and moral responses to ethical dilemmas in the workplace. This paper examines the ethical and moral predispositions of third-year accounting students by comparing their responses to those of the general public as
measured by a survey in a popular newspaper. We operationalise ethics by focusing on one component of ethics namely social and political awareness.
Results suggest that accounting students are no less socially and politically aware than the general population on ‘general’ societal issues where there is a
clear oppressing agency and a clear marginalised individual or group. However, in certain other cases involving capitalist professional sports accounting students were found to oppose regulation to a greater extent than the general population. Students from different cultural backgrounds were found to have very different views for some of the questions with South Asian students generally deeming sledging in professional sport unacceptable.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2013 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 14 May 2013 03:31
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2014 02:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: accounting education; alienation; business education; ethics; ethics education; Freud; Marx; socialisation; superego; Tolstoy
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23477

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