Developing a Process to Deal with Pressures in Financial Reporting

Steven Mintz

Financial professionals are under increasing pressure to “make the numbers” by managing earnings. The challenge for accounting professionals is to put the public interest ahead of other interests, including those of one’s employer, the client, and even self-interest. Ethical conflicts between these interests create tension for top management and accountants. Techniques for resolving tensions are addressed including: developing the ability voice one’s values; learning how to act with integrity amidst pressures to do otherwise; and avoiding the subordination of judgment. This program is designed to meet the needs of accounting professionals in private practice, industry, government, and public accounting. The purpose of the program is to give you the tools to navigate the choppy waters of financial reporting. Whether you work in the accounting department, are a member of top management or the audit committee, or audit financial reports, you will benefit from this program.

What You Learn:

- Identifying ethical issues in financial reporting.
- Strengthening your ethical reasoning skills.
- Exercising objectivity and integrity to counteract organizational pressures.
- Complying with financial and accounting regulations.
- Developing a process to resolve conflicts in financial reporting.
- Whistle-blowing considerations.

This program includes working through short cases designed to address the practical issues you may face in the workplace.

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Steven M. Mintz is a Professor Emeritus from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Dr. Mintz is the holder of a DBA in Accounting from George Washington University and an MBA in Management from Syracuse University. He has published dozens of articles on business and accounting ethics and has written a textbook titled Ethical Obligations and Decision Making in Accounting: Text and Cases (4th edition). Steve is the Editor of a volume in Advances in Business Ethics Research titled “Accounting for the Public Interest.” He also is the Associate Editor for Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting. During his long and distinguished career, Steve has made many presentations on business and accounting ethics and developed courses on ethics topics. Steve is a recipient of the 2015 Accounting Exemplar Award given out by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association. Steve’s Ethics Sage blog was selected as one of 30 exceptional CSR blogs (2015) and one of the top 100 blogs in philosophy (2016).

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