Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 82, Issue 1, pp 157–170 | Cite as

Fostering Ethics Research: An Analysis of the Accounting, Finance and Marketing Disciplines

  • Richard A. Bernardi
  • Michael R. Melton
  • Scott D. Roberts
  • David F. Bean


This study compares the level of ethics research published in 25 business-ethics journals and the Top-40 journals for the accounting, finance, and marketing disciplines. This research documents an increasing level of ethics research in the accounting and marketing disciplines starting in 1992. While the level of finance doctorates reported by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has increased at a higher rate (40.4%) than accounting (18.4%) and marketing (32.2%) since 1995, this increase has not been reflected in the level of ethics scholarship in finance. The level of ethics scholarship in finance remained relatively constant between 1987 and 2005 at an average of seven coauthor-adjusted articles per year. However, both the accounting and marketing disciplines now regularly publish approximately 50 coauthor-adjusted articles each year.


interdiscipline comparison of ethics research 


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The authors wish to thank our two anonymous reviewers for their insights that have immeasurably contributed to the quality and relevance of this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Bernardi
    • 1
  • Michael R. Melton
    • 1
  • Scott D. Roberts
    • 1
  • David F. Bean
    • 1
  1. 1.Gabelli School of BusinessRoger Williams UniversityBristolU.S.A.

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