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Ethics and Integrity Statements of GE Not Worth the Paper Written On

Missed Profit and Cash Targets Lead to Firing of CEO General Electric is in trouble. Last week it announced the firing of CEO John Flannery after 14 months on the job as problems developed in its power unit causing GE to warn it would miss profit and cash targets. GE... Read more →


Artificial Intelligence (AI) Changing the Way Audits Are Conducted

Data Gathering Controls Can Enhance the Process Artificial intelligence (AI) broadly refers to technologies that make machines “smart.” AI continues the trend in advancement of technology that has unleashed the practical applications, many of which can enhance the decision-making process. AI is powered by algorithms, and algorithms are driven by... Read more →


Fraud in Organizations

ACFE 2018 Study Published Fraud can be defined as a deliberate misrepresentation to gain an advantage over another party. Fraud comes in many different forms, including fraud in financial statements, the misappropriation of assets (theft) and subsequent cover-up, and disclosure fraud. In this blog I examine the results of a... Read more →


KPMG Compromises Integrity by “Stealing” PCAOB Inspection Information

KPMG-PCAOB Scandal Raises Questions About Oversight of the Accounting Profession In an unprecedented event, on January 22, 2018 it was announced that a former Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) staffer, Brian Sweet, who was hired by KPMG in 2015, leaked confidential information about PCAOB's plans to audit the company.... Read more →


Follow Ethics Sage on bepress

Published Research Papers by Steven Mintz You can now follow my academic published papers on bepress. These include articles on the philosophy of ethics, ethics in business, ethics in accounting and higher education ethics. Read more →


Can Ethics Be Legislated in Accounting?

What does the "Public Interest" in Accounting Mean? The following blog was first posted by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association in its newsletter on October 14, 2017. Government regulations, whistleblower protections, GAAP reporting standards, and internal control requirements are meaningless and not worth the paper they... Read more →


Ethics Sage Recognized for Workplace Ethics Advice

ASL Group UK recognized my writings under the screen name, Ethics Sage, as one of its top 17 business efficiency organizations that deal with workplace issues. Visit my workplace ethics advice blog to see the advice I have provided and link to my website to find out more about my... Read more →


The Ethics of Posting Financial Results on Social Media

SEC May Not Be Protecting the Public Interest A recent Conference Board study examines the use of social media by S&P 1500 Index companies to disseminate financial information and the response from investors and traditional media. The findings show that companies use social media to overcome a perceived lack of... Read more →


Ethics Education Podcast with CPA Australia

Challenges of Teaching Ethics to Accounting Students I was recently interviewed by CPA Australia on my views as they pertain to the challenges of teaching ethics to accounting students. I address a variety of points including what it means to be an accounting professional and how we can, as educators,... Read more →