Changing Legitimacy Narratives about Professional Ethics and Independence in the 1930's Journal of Accountancy
Roberts, Diane H., The Accounting Historians Journal
Abstract: The 1930s in the U.S. were marked by an economic crisis, governmental regulatory response, and a significant audit failure. This paper examines the profession's struggle for legitimacy during these times through its choice of narratives regarding professional ethics and independence as revealed in the national professional organization's monthly, the Journal of Accountancy. Initially "ethics is a state-of-mind" or narrative of character was used but transitioned to a more objectively determinable narrative of technique as the decade progressed. To counter governmental regulation, the profession attempted to shift the independence discourse away from regulation of accountants to …
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Publication information: Article title: Changing Legitimacy Narratives about Professional Ethics and Independence in the 1930's Journal of Accountancy. Contributors: Roberts, Diane H. - Author. Journal title: The Accounting Historians Journal. Volume: 37. Issue: 2 Publication date: December 2010. Page number: 95+. © Academy of Accounting Historians Dec 1996. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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