By Ronald Duska, Brenda Shay Duska, Julie Anne Ragatz
This new version of Accounting Ethics has been comprehensively up-to-date to accommodate the numerous adjustments in the accounting career considering that 2002; the authors systematically discover the recent diversity of moral matters that experience arisen due to contemporary advancements, together with the monetary difficulty of 2008.
- Highlights the debates over using fair-value accounting and ideas- as opposed to rules-based standards
- Offers a complete review of ethics in accounting, in addition to an exam of and proposals for fixing the present quandary during this field
- Investigates the character and objective of accounting
- Uses concrete examples and case reports, together with present situations
- Examines the moral tasks of person accountants in addition to accounting firms
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