The applicability of a contingent factors model to accounting ethics research

Journal of Business Ethics 68 (1):1 - 18 (2006)
This paper discusses the relevancy of a contingent factors model posited by Jones for conducting accounting ethics research. Using a sample of 37 experienced Australian auditing managers and partners of all of the ‘Big Four’ multinational accounting firms, we find that the contextual model developed by Jones can help guide accounting ethics research by isolating the contingent factors that affect ethical decision making. Moreover, we examine how the factors differ across different accounting settings. Implications for accounting ethics research and accounting practice are then discussed.
Keywords contingent factors ethics model  accounting ethics  audit judgment  moral intensity factors
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