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The Accountants’ Perspective on Sustainable Business Practices in SMEs
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-18, 05:41 authored by Belinda WilliamsBelinda Williams, Gary O'DonovanGary O'Donovan
Purpose – This paper aims to explore the accountants’ perspective towards their role and function as business advisors in assisting with the adoption of sustainable business practices (SBPs) in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire-based study was conducted on members from one of Australia’s leading professional accounting organizations. Findings – Key findings from this research highlighted deficiencies in the effectiveness of the accounting profession in assisting SMEs in implementing SBPs despite a desire from clients for accountants to provide this advice and a belief that accountants are best placed to do so. Further, an expectations gap is evident between the level of involvement accountants believe they should be having in assisting SMEs and the level of involvement that is currently occurring. Research limitations/implications – This finding has implications for the accounting profession, with accountants needing to examine their current business approaches in an effort to close this gap. If this does not occur, SMEs will most likely seek this much-needed advice and support from outside the profession. Originality/value – Little attention has been given to the accountant’s role in respect of sustainability from an accountant’s perspective. The findings contribute to understanding the accountant’s importance in advancing their involvement in assisting SMEs in the uptake of SBPs.
Publication titleSocial Responsibility Journal
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
Rights statementCopyright 2015 Emerald