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Volume 23 No. 1, April 2024


Article History:
Received: 28 November 2023
Accepted: 13 December 2023
Available online: 01 April 2024


Accounting Ethics Courses, Teaching Styles, Ethical Culture and Ethical Behaviour of Accounting Graduates in Malaysia

Nurul Nazlia Jamil1, Hasnah Haron1, Nathasa Mazna Ramli1,
Fatin Arissa Parsimin1 and Zalailah Salleh2

1Faculty of Economics and Muamalat, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Negeri Sembilan,
2Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Development, Universiti Malaysia
Terengganu, Malaysia


The failure of accountants to maintain ethical behaviour while performing professional services has become an issue that has been discussed over the years. Ethics education and the environment has been proven to assist to shape the ethical behaviour of accounting students. Thus, the objective of this study was to examine whether accounting ethics courses, teaching styles, and ethical culture influence the ethical behaviour of accounting graduates in Malaysia. E-survey questionnaires were distributed to accounting graduates who graduated in 2019, 2020, and 2021 with less than three years of working experience in accounting/auditing-related fields. A total of 344 usable responses were received and it was analysed using PLS-SEM. The study found that teaching delivery and culture, had a positive and significant relationship with ethical behavior but ethics courses were found to have a positive but not significant relationship with ethical behaviour. The accounting industry should foster a positive ethical culture at work by providing ethics training and holding seminars to address ethical issues in the field in order to raise awareness and understanding of ethics. Accounting professional bodies and educational institutions should use ethics cases, short videos and role play in their teaching of ethics.

Keywords: Ethical Behaviour, Culture, Ethics Courses, Teaching Delivery
Corresponding Author: Nurul Nazlia Jamil; Faculty of Economics and Muamalat, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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