The effects of length of service and ethical ideologies on moral development and behavioral intentions: a study among Brazilian public sector tax auditors

Malagueño, Ricardo, Pillalamarri, Sudarshan, Rezende, Amaury J. and Botelho da Costa Moraes, Marcelo (2019) The effects of length of service and ethical ideologies on moral development and behavioral intentions: a study among Brazilian public sector tax auditors. Journal of Applied Accounting Research. ISSN 0967-5426

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Abstract

Purpose- This research examines the effects of length of service and ethical ideologies on cognitive moral development and ethical behavioral intentions among public sector tax auditors in Brazil. Design/methodology/approach- Our research data was collected via survey questionnaires from a sample of 625 auditors who work for the Brazilian tax authority. Participants voluntarily complete an on-line instrument which included three scenarios with context-specific moral dilemmas, questions about the specific scenarios, and an ethics position questionnaire. Multinomial logistic and ordinary least square regressions were used to analyze the data. Findings- Our findings reveal that a) public sector tax auditors with shorter length of service are more likely to be at higher stages of moral development, b) relativistic ideology among public sector auditors is positively associated with more lenient ethical behavioral intention, c) idealistic ideology among public sector auditors is positively associated with stricter ethical behavioral intention, d) public sector auditors classified as absolutists are stricter in their ethical behavioral intentions, e) public sector auditors classified as absolutists with length of service between 5 to 15 years are more likely to be at higher stages of moral development when compared to public sector tax auditors with longer length of service. Originality/value- To the best of our knowledge, our study is one of the first studies that attempts to understand the effects of length of service and ethical ideology on cognitive moral development and ethical behavioral intention among public sector auditors. Additionally, it examines these issues in the context Latin America.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: auditors,public sector,ethics,cognitive moral development,ethical ideologies,brazil
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 May 2019 09:31
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2020 00:00
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/70881
DOI: 10.1108/JAAR-04-2019-0061

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