Institute hosts workshop on teaching ethics in accounting & business

Oct 23, 2017

Chartered Accountants Ireland marked Global Ethics Day this week by hosting a workshop on Friday, 20 October on how ethics is taught to business students and finance professionals. A group of leading lecturers in ethics on undergraduate and post-graduate accounting and business programmes from across the island of Ireland and Great Britain shared their experiences with a view to addressing knowledge gaps and understanding how ethics can be incorporated into the business curricula.

Michael Diviney, Director of Publishing at Chartered Accountants Ireland, who addressed today’s meeting, said:

“Trust in business has yet to recover to pre-recession levels across society, and having the best educational approaches and materials in place for students is a good place to start improving our shared understanding of and adherence to ethics. Everyone knows the importance of making good, ethical decisions in business, and there is a growing recognition of the importance of incorporating ethics into the third-level accounting and business teaching programmes. Arguably, however, ethics is not given the recognition, platform and prominence it deserves. There remains a gap in our knowledge and understanding of current practice across higher education institutions and on professional courses in Ireland, of the best approaches to use, and the shared experience of lecturers.

“Lecturers teaching in the area can find themselves pioneering alone with limited historical experience and collegial support to draw upon. Opportunity for dialogue and discussion with colleagues, and for sharing and comparing practice and experience in curriculum design, delivery and assessment, may be limited.”

In order to address this, Friday’s event, hosted by Chartered Accountants Ireland, working with Hugh McBride of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, focused on the teaching of ethics in accounting and business programmes in higher education in Ireland. The workshop, put together by Hugh McBride and Susan Rossney, Programme Manager for the Chartered Accountants Ireland Educational Trust, was aimed at people lecturing in (or interested in lecturing in) ethics both in academia and in professional accountancy. In another key advance in this area, Chartered Accountants Ireland is planning to publish a new student textbook next year, ‘Cases in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics’, to bridge this gap. Last year, Chartered Accountants Ireland also published Ros O’Shea’s Leading with Integrity, A Practical Guide to Business Ethics to equip business leaders and managers with the understanding and tools to set the right ‘tone at the top’, embedding a culture of integrity and compliance with ethical and organisational values.

Friday’s event looked at important issues in the teaching of business ethics, such as identifying gaps in knowledge, teaching supports and materials, as well as potential avenues for research. It is also expected that a network of lecturers working in ethics will be established as an outcome of Friday’s event, providing a source of collegial support and inspiration.

Interviewed after the event, attendees said they found the presentations and workshop very useful and congratulated Hugh McBride and Chartered Accountants Ireland on the initiative. All would welcome an opportunity to attend a similar event about such an important subject. 

ENDS

Reference:  Bryan Rankin, Marketing Manager, Chartered Accountants Ireland M: 087 2047905

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NEWS BODY - Chartered Accountants Ireland hosts Workshop on Teaching Ethics in Accounting & Business (Ethics Workshop)

Ethics workshop photo 1 - caption: A workshop on the teaching of Ethics in Accounting and Business on Friday 20 October looked at important issues in the teaching of business ethics, such as identifying gaps in knowledge, teaching supports and materials, as well as potential avenues for research. Speaking at Friday’s event were (l-r) Niall Fitzgerald, Head of Ethics and Governance, Chartered Accountants Ireland; Hugh McBride, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology; Prof. Patricia Barker, Lecturer in Business Ethics, DCU; Beth Picton, Durham University Business School, and Dr John Heneghan, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.

NEWS BODY - Chartered Accountants Ireland hosts Workshop on Teaching Ethics in Accounting & Business (Hugh McBride and Patricia Barker)

Hugh McBride and Patricia Barker – caption: Speaking at the workshop on the teaching of Ethics in Accounting & Business on Friday 20 October hosted by Chartered Accountants Ireland were Prof. Patricia Barker, Lecturer in Business Ethics, DCU and Hugh McBride, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

NEWS BODY - Chartered Accountants Ireland hosts Workshop on Teaching Ethics in Accounting & Business (Director of Publishing launches Ethics Workshop)

Director of Publishing – caption: Michael Diviney, Director of Publishing at Chartered Accountants Ireland welcomed leading lecturers in ethics on undergraduate and post-graduate accounting and business programmes to a workshop on the teaching of Ethics in Accounting and Business on Friday 20 October.