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Globalisation, accounting and the war against corruption in public sector organisations


Project Description

Fraudulent and corrupt practises, whether they occur in business, or in the public and third sectors are the antithesis of ethical behaviours. For many, one of the great hopes of globalisation has been the promise of reduced corruption and the promotion of more ethical governance through the dissemination and implementation of standards of accounting and accountability that emerge from the institutions of the developed world. However, much recent research has been critical of the ability of such practices to achieve this end, citing the failure of many interventions to produce expected results, and attributing this to cultural differences .

This thesis undoubtedly has validity, but it also has a tendency to obscure and deflect from positive change. Clearly, trying to define what is positive is a project fraught with contention and risks getting bogged down in highly nuanced debate. Nevertheless, there is a strong case for seeking a richer understanding of the successes realised through the adoption of the ‘best’ practices of accountability and control promoted by the institutions of the developed world. This project, through a qualitative methodology, seeks to explore aspects of accounting and accountability in public sector organisations, which tackle corruption in any and all of its forms and thereby promote ethical behaviour in a globalised context; whether those practices emerge from neo-liberal institutions, or from local institutions in response to national, or international needs.


Funding Notes

The Elphinstone Scholarship covers the payment of tuition fees at the appropriate rate per annum for 3 years of supervised study.

Candidates should apply for a PhD place in the normal way, stating:
o ‘Elphinstone PhD Scholarship’ in the Intended Source of Funding section
o The name of the lead supervisor in the Name of Proposed Supervisor section
o The title of the specific research project (subject to any agreed modifications in discussion with the lead supervisor) in the Outline
Summary section
o Within their project proposal, how they intend to address the specific project title.

References

For an examination of this debate see: Hopper, Lassou and Soobaroyen (2017) Globalisation, accounting and developing countries, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, v43, pp125-148.

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