The ability of internal auditors to identify ethical dilemmas

Journal of Business Ethics 23 (4):401 - 409 (2000)
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This study surveys the internal audit department of a large financial services organization. Respondents were challenged to recognize and evaluate ethical and unethical situations often encountered in practice. Four key demographic variables were investigated: gender, age, years of employment and peer group influence. For the most part, respondents view themselves as more ethical than their peers. There does appear to be a gender effect suggesting females' ability to identify ethical behavior better than their male counterparts. This study contributes to the extant literature in that it has explored a previously unexplored profession, namely, the internal auditing profession.



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