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Professionalism

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/9780199547142.003.0006
 						Professionalism

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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

Chapter.  7797 words. 

Subjects: Corporate Governance

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