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Teaching ethics in accounting: a discussion of cross-cultural factors with a focus on Confucian and Western philosophy

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  • Erwin Waldmann
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    There has been pressure from various business and professional accounting bodies to place greater emphasis on ethics education. This has been reflected in academic research and curriculum development. The purpose of this paper is to expand the debate on accounting ethics education to take into account the globalization of business, accounting and educational services and to draw attention to the importance of cross-cultural factors. To illustrate this the paper discusses the impact that Confucius has had on the ethical thinking of East and South East Asia. Where appropriate, comparisons are made with Western attitudes and secular philosophies. This focus has been chosen because of the current and future importance of the Asian area to global commerce, and the fact that an understanding of its ethical thinking and behaviour is not possible without an appreciation of Confucian thought.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Accounting Education.

    Volume (Year): 9 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 23-35

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:accted:v:9:y:2000:i:1:p:23-35
    DOI: 10.1080/096392800413636
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