School of Business
accounting, culture, nationality, organizational culture, ethics, religion, international convergence
Young, Meredith, "Cultural Influences on Accounting and Its Practices" (2013). Senior Honors Theses. 382.
This thesis discusses various cultural aspects that have influenced accounting. Hofestede (1984) and Gray (1988) conducted studies and observations of the cultural dimensions and values that have contributed to culture and accounting research. National culture is broad in its influences, but affects the smallest aspects of society-even accounting. Accounting is also influenced by organizational culture, the overall environment in which a company functions. Next is ethics, an integral aspect of accounting, persuaded by the culture in which it is derived. Religion is more than a belief; it constitutes a way of life, involving unique practices and perspectives in accounting. Last, this paper will discuss how these cultural differences will impact the international convergence of accounting standards soon to come.