Application and Assessment of an Ethics Presentation for Accounting and Business Classes

29 Pages Posted: 26 May 2006 Last revised: 4 May 2014

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Murphy Smith

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi-Department of Accounting

Katherine Taken Smith

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi-College of Business

Elizabeth V. Mulig

University of Dallas

Abstract

This paper describes a presentation on ethics for accounting and business students. Recent major corporate failures such as Enron and Worldcom, combined with questionable accounting practices, made ethics a paramount concern to persons working in business and accounting. While financial statement analysis and regulatory requirements are important technical topics, the issue of ethics provides faculty a unique and very appropriate setting to discuss deeper truths about doing business and living life well. This paper briefly describes the development and assessment of one approach to presenting ethics built around a computerized slide show (PowerPoint). The goal of the presentation is to increase students' understanding of the essential role of ethics to accounting and business. Following the presentation, students indicated a heightened recognition of the importance of ethics. Educators should do all that they can to encourage students to do the right thing, even in difficult circumstances. This encouragement may serve them well in school and later in their careers.

Keywords: business ethics, accounting curriculum, accounting ethics

JEL Classification: M00

Suggested Citation

Smith, Murphy and Smith, Katherine Taken and Mulig, Elizabeth V., Application and Assessment of an Ethics Presentation for Accounting and Business Classes. Journal of Business Ethics, 61(2): 153-164, Spring 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=904406

Murphy Smith (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi-Department of Accounting ( email )

6300 Ocean Dr
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
United States

Katherine Taken Smith

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi-College of Business ( email )

6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
United States

Elizabeth V. Mulig

University of Dallas ( email )

1845 E. Northgate Dr.
Irving, TX 75026
United States

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