Ethics Education for Accounting Students Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Ethics Education for Accounting Students
A look at the importance of an ethics education for accounting students.
# 36326 | 1,150 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 07, 2003 in Business (Accounting) , Ethics (General)

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This paper discusses the ethics of accounting and its importance for student graduates in society. The paper relates that accountants are in agreement that classroom exposure to accounting ethics may better enable individuals to handle the ethical dilemmas encountered in practice. The paper considers the effectiveness of an ethics education and asserts that an ethical code attempts to provide some boundaries to our behavior, but unless there is a real power of enforcement behind the code, those boundaries are easily violated or ignored.

From the Paper:

"Ethics is in fashion: it is now widely taught on MBA courses and discussed in the financial press, and businesses are reviewing their position. According to a recent article in The Economist, one survey found that 60 per cent of US firms have formal codes of ethics, whilst a third even have ethics offices or ombudsmen. But another survey, also quoted by The Economist, concluded that these ethical codes have made very little difference to the course of events, and that the ethical climate in American organizations remains 'extremely fragile'.
"It also confesses to finding few easy answers to the problem, except for advocating more teaching by business schools of Aristotelian concepts of personal virtue. Ethics has to do with a code of conduct which clarifies one's duty towards other human beings, even beyond what is required by law. In other words, an ethical code defines what is morally right or wrong in a particular field of human activity- -in this case business affairs."

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