The purpose of this paper is to use survey data to examine the impact of culture on current and future accounting and auditing professionals' intent to be whistle‐blowers in a Chinese cultural society.
The paper examines intent to whistle‐blow and factors influencing whistle‐blowing, using survey data collected by the authors.
It was found that a majority of respondents believe that a general sense of morality was the most important factor to encourage whistle‐blowing, with abiding by the policy of their organization as the second; it was also found that guanxi, fear of retaliation, and fear of media coverage may discourage whistle‐blowing in a Chinese society.
The data are all from Confucian societies, which perhaps limits its usefulness elsewhere.
The paper will help auditors, accountants, and policy makers to design policies that encourage whistle‐blowing.
The paper uses original survey data collected by the authors, and the analysis will enable policy makers and professional accountants to anticipate and predict whistle‐blowing, a key factor in improving financial management and reporting, and possibly undermining auditor independence, audit quality, and the quality of financial reporting.
Hwang, D., Staley, B., Te Chen, Y. and Lan, J. (2008), "Confucian culture and whistle‐blowing by professional accountants: an exploratory study", Managerial Auditing Journal, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 504-526. https://doi.org/10.1108/02686900810875316
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