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Performance and Truthfulness

Matthew Gill

in Accountants' Truth

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547142
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720017 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547142.003.0002
 						Performance and Truthfulness

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Performance in accounting refers to both quality of work and quality of self-presentation. This chapter reveals how the distinction between these two meanings becomes blurred in professional life. It shows how accountants must manipulate their own feelings in order to mount a credible performance, and how that necessity affects the knowledge they construct. In this light, the chapter then explores what forms of truthfulness are manifested in everyday accounting practice.

Keywords: performance; truthfulness; transparency; self-presentation; emotional labour; role-play

Chapter.  8881 words. 

Subjects: Corporate Governance

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