Antebellum Management Accountability at the Mobile & Ohio Railroad (1849–1862)

Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting

ISBN: 978-1-78560-974-9, eISBN: 978-1-78560-973-2

ISSN: 1574-0765

Publication date: 27 October 2016

Abstract

The challenges to appropriate behavior and the application of stewardship principles with regard to the custody of property and the sanctions imposed for transgressions are all identified from primary corporate documents and hand-written minutes books of the board of directors of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad during the period. The de facto development of a corporate code of conduct enumerated by the board provides an early example of explicit corporate governance guidance. This unique discovery informs contemporary understanding of ethical issues identified in the accountability literature by adding the perspective of management experiences from over 150 years ago.

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Flesher, D., Previts, G. and Sharp, A. (2016), "Antebellum Management Accountability at the Mobile & Ohio Railroad (1849–1862)", Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting (Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting, Vol. 20), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 95-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1574-076520160000020004

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