This study investigates the applicability of Jones' (1991) moral intensity construct to the ethical judgements and behavioural intentions of auditors in the context of subordination of judgement issues. In two auditing scenarios that present ethical dilemmas based on actual practice cases, components of moral intensity hypothesized to affect ethical judgements and behavioural intentions are varied and tested on a between-subjects basis. Results of ANOVAs indicate that moral intensity elements significantly influence both ethical judgement and behavioural intentions. Additional findings of the study were that auditors estimate relatively high probabilities of unethical actions occurring in practice and, in some cases, auditors' post hoc estimates of dollar amounts that they would consider material misstatements may be influenced by the size of known financial statement errors.
|Title of host publication||Research on accounting ethics|
|Editors||Lawrence A. PONEMON, Marc J. EPSTEIN, James GAA, Steve G. SUTTON, Gail B. WRIGHT|
|Place of Publication||United States|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
|Name||Research on Accounting Ethics|
The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of Sam Houston State University Research Enhancement Funds.