IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Machiavellianism And Short-Term Earnings Management Practices


  • Alina Beattrice Vladu
  • Barcelona Spain


Despite the growing interest, the empirical results found in the literature concerning Machiavellianism and its impact on ethical judgments document both inconsistent and contradictory results. On the other hand, the acceptance of short-term earnings management practices raises the most important and controversial ethical issues in the accounting profession. To help resolve these issues, this particular experimental study explores whether ethical acceptability of short-term earnings management varies with Machiavellian behaviour predisposition. The results of the study find that “high Mach†exhibit less strict ethical judgments than “low Mach†counterparts. Implications for future research are discussed.

Suggested Citation

  • Alina Beattrice Vladu & Barcelona Spain, 2013. "Machiavellianism And Short-Term Earnings Management Practices," Annales Universitatis Apulensis Series Oeconomica, Faculty of Sciences, "1 Decembrie 1918" University, Alba Iulia, vol. 2(15), pages 1-12.
  • Handle: RePEc:alu:journl:v:2:y:2013:i:15:p:12

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Bass, Kenneth & Barnett, Tim & Brown, Gene, 1999. "Individual Difference Variables, Ethical Judgments, and Ethical Behavioral Intentions," Business Ethics Quarterly, Cambridge University Press, vol. 9(2), pages 183-205, April.
    2. Wesley II, Curtis L. & Ndofor, Hermann Achidi, 2013. "The Great Escape: The Unaddressed Ethical Issue of Investor Responsibility for Corporate Malfeasance," Business Ethics Quarterly, Cambridge University Press, vol. 23(3), pages 443-475, July.
    3. Gunnthorsdottir, Anna & McCabe, Kevin & Smith, Vernon, 2002. "Using the Machiavellianism instrument to predict trustworthiness in a bargaining game," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 23(1), pages 49-66, February.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item


    earnings management; Machiavellianism; ethical judgments;

    JEL classification:

    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • M40 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - General
    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:alu:journl:v:2:y:2013:i:15:p:12. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Dan-Constantin Danuletiu). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.