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Influence of culture on accounting uniformity among Arabic nations

Saeed Askary (Department of Accounting, College of Business Administration, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
James S. Pounder (Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Hassan Yazdifar (Sheffield University Management School, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)

Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

ISSN: 1753-7983

Article publication date: 30 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effects of cultural values on accounting uniformity and consistency among Arabic nations.

Design/methodology/approach

A combination of a survey and analysis of published data on accounting information. Cluster analysis is used to classify the countries on the basis of accounting consistency and uniformity.

Findings

The study indicates that the Hofstede‐Gray hypothesis of accounting uniformity in Arab countries is supported by actual examination of accounting practice.

Research limitations/implications

This is an initial study and the results need to be confirmed in future research. Nevertheless, the finding should be of interested to global investors, international accounting organizations (e.g. IFAC) and other academics who are researching accounting in the Middle East.

Practical implications

The study indicates that in Arabic nations with a Muslim majority, cultural factors affect accounting development generally and accounting uniformity particularly. The study also shows that accounting practice in Saudi Arabia is less strict in term of uniformity in comparison with other Arabic countries.

Originality/value

The paper is one of the few attempting to assess the effects of culture on accounting uniformity in the Middle East.

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Citation

Askary, S., Pounder, J.S. and Yazdifar, H. (2008), "Influence of culture on accounting uniformity among Arabic nations", Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 145-154. https://doi.org/10.1108/17537980810890329

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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