Does organizational ethical climate influence auditors in perceiving ethical problems and forming ethical judgments? / Maheran Zakaria, Hasnah Haron and Ishak Ismail

Zakaria, Maheran and Haron, Hasnah and Ismail, Ishak (2009) Does organizational ethical climate influence auditors in perceiving ethical problems and forming ethical judgments? / Maheran Zakaria, Hasnah Haron and Ishak Ismail. Social and Management Research Journal, 6 (2). pp. 1-31. ISSN 1675-7017

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Abstract

The increasing cases of unethical behavior among auditors have led the public to distrust the credibility of this profession. The public accused that most of auditors with unethical behaviors are due to their motivation by revenue generation. Ironically, in the pursuits of generating revenue, some of auditors are willing to go beyond acceptable ethical standards, resulting to increase the probability of unethical judgments. As such, this triggers expectation that audit firms to strictly govern their members’ behavior within the ethical manner. Hence, this paper attempts to examine the influence of organizational ethical climate on auditors’ perceived ethical problems and ethical judgments. A total of 940 questionnaires were sent to auditors throughout Malaysia. However, an approximate of 250 questionnaires was returned but only 224 were usable. By using path analysis, of AMOS 16.0, the study found that organizational ethical climate influences auditors in perceiving ethical problems, while perceived ethical problems does influence ethical judgments. Finally, perceived ethical problems were found to mediate the relationship between organizational ethical climate and ethical judgments. Hence, these findings will be useful to those in auditing industry in their effort to improve auditors’ ethical perceptions and ethical judgments.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
CreatorsID Num.
Zakaria, Maheranmaher835@kelantan.uitm.edu.my
Haron, HasnahUNSPECIFIED
Ismail, IshakUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: ?? HD58.7-58.95 ??
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Accounting. Bookkeeping > Auditing. Auditors
Divisions: Research Management Institute (RMI)
Journal or Publication Title: Social and Management Research Journal
ISSN: 1675-7017
Volume: 6
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 1-31
Item ID: 13076
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organizational ethical climate, auditors, perceived ethical problems, ethical judgments
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2016 00:35
Depositing User: Staf Pendigitalan 1
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/13076

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