Accounting Professionalization amidst Alternating Politico-Economic Order of Ethiopia

AFAANZ conference, Adelaide, Australia, July 6, 2009

28 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2013

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Dessalegn Getie Mihret

Deakin University

Kieran James

University of Southern Queensland

Joseph M. Mula

Faculty of Business and Law, University of Southern Queensland

Date Written: July 6, 2009

Abstract

As a result of apparent variations in the social, political and economic context of countries, accounting professionalization takes diverse forms and passes through varied challenges in different countries. While accounting professionalization in Western societies has generally been well documented, studies that examine this process in developing countries appear relatively limited. This paper examines the accounting professionalization process in the context of alternating politico-economic developments in Ethiopia over the past century. A combination of functionalist, interactionist, and critical perspectives is employed to interpret the ongoing efforts to establish a viable professional accountancy body in the country. The study illustrates how the dynamics of state-profession interactions, structure of the economy, the role of the state in the market for accounting lab our, interactions between the state and global forces, and attributes of the aspiring associations have impacted on the professionalization enterprise. The results are interpreted in light of the results of similar studies in other English-speaking developing countries.

Keywords: Ethiopia, accounting profession, functionalist perspective, interactionist perspective, critical perspective, exclusion, closure

JEL Classification: M41

Suggested Citation

Mihret, Dessalegn Getie and James, Kieran and Mula, Joseph M., Accounting Professionalization amidst Alternating Politico-Economic Order of Ethiopia (July 6, 2009). AFAANZ conference, Adelaide, Australia, July 6, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2227523 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2227523

Dessalegn Getie Mihret (Contact Author)

Deakin University ( email )

Geelong, VIC 3219
Australia

Kieran James

University of Southern Queensland ( email )

Joseph M. Mula

Faculty of Business and Law, University of Southern Queensland ( email )

Toowoomba 4350, Queensland
Australia

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