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Accountants' Truth: Knowledge and Ethics in the Financial World

Matthew Gill


Accounting is the language of business, increasingly standardized across the world through global banks and corporations: a technical tool used to reach the correct, unquestionable answer. Nonetheless, as recent corporate scandals have shown, a whole range of financial professionals (accountants, auditors, bankers, finance directors) can collectively fail to question dubious actions. How is this possible? To understand such failures, this book explores how accountants construct the technical knowledge they deem relevant to decision-making. In doing so, it not only offers a new way to understan ... More

Keywords: chartered accountancy, truthfulness, fact, professional ethics, business ethics, economic sociology, rationalization, transparency, financial regulation, accounting standards

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199547142
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547142.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Gill, author
Andrew W Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University in Saint Louis