Ethical behavior in accounting: Some evidence from Turkey

Yasemin Zengin Karaibrahimoglu, Ece Erdener, Turgut Var

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In today's business environment, the role of accountants is significant. Managers and other decision-makers base their decision mainly on information that accountants provide. Since accuracy of decisions depends on the reliability of accounting information, the ethical dimension of the profession has gained considerable attention recently. Furthermore, major corporate failures such as Enron, Arthur Anderson and WorldCom have made ethical issues a paramount concern to those working in business and accounting. With this understanding, this study examined whether ethics is teachable or not based on a survey conducted among business students in two Turkish universities. Overall, research findings suggest a strong support for the inclusion of ethics in business and accounting curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-547
Number of pages8
JournalAfrican Journal of Business Management
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Accounting
  • ethics education
  • ethical attitudes
  • cognitive attitudes

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