The journal Public Money & Management (PMM) has both an academic and a practitioner readership, and called for contributions to a special issue about developing civil servants. A brief note on motivating civil servants that I submitted was published online this week.
[An edited and shortened version of this article was published in The Guardian.]
Although topics in business education such as accounting and finance may seem merely technical, they often bear major ethical implications. Business education should therefore aim to make students aware of the moral side of business decisions.
Last week, I published a paper in Accounting Education about the presence (and absence) of ethical considerations in management accounting textbooks..
Drawing on the work of Alisdair MacIntyre, I argue that management accounting (MA) instruments such as performance measurement are not morally neutral, but instead bear moral implications. Therefore, I contend that MA students should be trained to take these moral implications into consideration alongside MA’s technical aspects. A content analysis is carried out to examine the integration of ethical considerations in top-ranked MA textbooks.