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Accountants' TruthKnowledge and Ethics in the Financial World$
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Matthew Gill

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547142

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547142.001.0001

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Professionalism

Professionalism

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(p.93) 6 Professionalism
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Accountants' Truth
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Matthew Gill

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547142.003.0006

This chapter illustrates how accountants' conception of professionalism has been eroded both by the idea of the accountant as a technical expert, and by the competing imperative of commercialism in accounting firms. Yet accountants still aspire to professionalism, even though the concept has become opaque to them. The chapter explores why professionalism remains important to accountants, and reveals its potential as a means of securing public trust in the accounting profession.

Keywords:   professionalism, professionalization, expertise, commercialism, client service, client relationships, self-worth

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