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Journal Article

Conflicts of Interest and the Case of Auditor Independence: Moral Seduction and Strategic Issue Cycling

Don A. Moore, Philip E. Tetlock, Lloyd Tanlu and Max H. Bazerman
The Academy of Management Review
Vol. 31, No. 1 (Jan., 2006), pp. 10-29
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20159182
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

A series of financial scandals revealed a key weakness in the American business model: the failure of the U.S. auditing system to deliver true independence. We offer a two-tiered analysis of what went wrong. At the more micro tier, we advance moral seduction theory, explaining why professionals are often unaware of how morally compromised they have become by conflicts of interest. At the more macro tier, we offer issue-cycle theory, explaining why conflicts of interest of the sort that compromise major accounting firms are so pervasive.

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