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Enterprise Culture and Accountancy Firms: New Masters of The Universe

Sikka, P (2008) Enterprise Culture and Accountancy Firms: New Masters of The Universe. UNSPECIFIED. EBS Working Papers, University of Essex, Colchester.


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Purpose: The paper argues that enterprise culture is producing negative effects. Companies and major accountancy firms are increasingly willing to increase their profits through indulgence in price fixing, tax avoidance/evasion, bribery, corruption, money laundering and practices that show scant regard for social norms and even laws. Methodology/Approach: The paper locates business behaviour within the broader dynamics of capitalism to argue that hunger for higher profits at almost any cost is not constrained by rules, laws and even periodic regulatory action. Findings: The paper uses publicly available evidence to show that accountancy firms are engaged in anti-social behaviour. Evidence is provided to show that in pursuit of higher profits firms have operated cartels, engaged in tax avoidance/evasion, bribery, corruption and money laundering. Practical implications (if applicable): The paper seeks to bring the anti-social activities of accountancy firms under scrutiny and thus extend possibilities of research in social responsibility, ethics, accountability, claims of professionalism, social disorder and crime. Originality/value of paper: It is rare for accounting scholars to examine predatory practices of accounting firms. It shows that predatory practices affect a variety of arenas and stakeholders.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Enterprise culture; accounting firms; cartels; bribery and corruption; tax avoidance; money laundering
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2014 11:59
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:17

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