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Determinants of ethical work behaviour of Malaysian public sector auditors

Ismail, Suhaiza and Yuhanis, Nursia (2018) Determinants of ethical work behaviour of Malaysian public sector auditors. Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, 10 (1). pp. 21-34. ISSN 1757-4323

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Abstract

Purpose – The study aims to investigate factors affecting ethical work behaviour among Malaysian public sector auditors. Based on Hunt and Vitell model, there are four research objectives for this study: (1) to investigate the influence of ethical climate on public sector auditors ethical work behaviour; (2) to examine the effect of professional commitment on ethical work behaviour of public sector auditors; (3) to investigate the effect of corporate ethical values on ethical work behaviour of public sector auditors; and (4) to examine the effect of ethical ideology on ethical work behaviour of public sector auditors. Design/methodology/approach - The respondents of the study were public sector auditors of National Audit Department in Malaysia. Using a survey questionnaire comprising instruments about the ethical climate, corporate ethical values, professional commitment, ethical ideology, and organizational misbehaviour, a total of 382 were received and usable. In achieving the research objectives, multiple regressions were performed. Findings - The results reveal that ethical work behaviour among public sector auditors in Malaysia is influenced by law and independence ethical climate, professional commitment, corporate ethical values and both idealism and relativism ethical ideology. Originality/Value - The present study provides new additional empirical evidence on determinants of ethical work behaviour of auditors in public sector from a developing economy (i.e. Malaysia) which is currently limited. Keywords Corporate ethical values, Ethical behaviour, Ethical climate, Ethical ideology, Professional commitment, Public sector auditors.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5096/63185
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethical climate, Corporate ethical values, Ethical behaviour, Ethical ideology, Professional commitment, Public sector auditors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Accounting
Depositing User: Assoc Prof. Dr. Suhaiza Ismail
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2018 09:35
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2018 12:11
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/63185

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