SEC Charges Investment Advisers for AI Washing

In a recent announcement, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosed settled charges against two investment advisers, Delphia (USA) Inc. and Global Predictions Inc., for falsely representing their use of artificial intelligence (AI). The firms have agreed to settle the charges by paying a total of $400,000 in civil penalties. The SEC’s Chair, Gary […]

Selling Who You Know: Ethical Implications of Sharing Others‘ Data

In a thought-provoking article published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Susanne Ruckelshausen, Bernadette Kamleitner, and Vincent Mitchell investigate the ethical dilemmas surrounding the sharing of others‘ data through apps. Many consumers agree to app requests for access to their contacts or photos, unknowingly or disregarding the fact that this also grants access to others‘ […]

Navigating the Risks of Over-Reliance on Digital Decision Aids in Auditing

In a rapidly evolving technological landscape, accounting firms are increasingly adopting digital decision aids (DDAs) to ensure consistency in audit methodologies and compliance with regulatory expectations. While these tools are promoted for their ability to streamline processes and enhance decision-making, there is a growing concern about the potential over-reliance on such systems, which can undermine […]

Whistleblowing, Corporate Governance, and Machiavellian Traits: A Trio Influencing Fraud Deterrence

Whistleblowing provisions, corporate governance culture, and individual personality traits like Machiavellianism play critical roles in shaping responses to potential fraudulent activities within organizations. A recent study in the journal Behavioral Research in Accounting explores how these elements interact to influence the deterrence of unethical behavior in corporate settings. The study, conducted by D. Jordan Lowe […]

Advancing Robotic Process Automation Governance: Insights from a New Framework

Robotic process automation (RPA) is reshaping the landscape of accounting practices, yet concerns regarding internal controls and governance surrounding RPA are becoming increasingly apparent. In a groundbreaking research article published in the Journal of Information Systems, Marc Eulerich, Nathan Waddoups, Martin Wagener, and David A. Wood present a pioneering framework aimed at addressing these concerns […]

Technology, Ethics, and the Pandemic: How Accounting’s Key Players Adapted

During the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, every sector had to navigate rapid changes, not least the world of accounting. A recent study by Emilio Boulianne, Annie Lecompte, and Mélissa Fortin, published in „Accounting and the Public Interest,“ explores how pivotal actors within the accounting industry—namely the Big 4 accounting firms, professional accounting associations, […]

Integrating ChatGPT and AI into Higher Education: A Transformative Approach

The rapid advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) in education is reshaping how academic institutions operate and interact with students and faculty. A standout example of this integration is ChatGPT, a generative AI developed by OpenAI. Based on the GPT-3.5 model, ChatGPT offers a conversational interface that can simulate human-like interactions, making it an invaluable tool […]

AI Risks Unveiled: How to Safeguard Your Business in the Age of Generative AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has taken a front seat, steering innovation and operational efficiencies across industries. However, with great power comes great responsibility, and the rapid adoption of generative AI (GenAI) is no exception. A recent survey conducted by Gartner, Inc. reveals a significant shift in the audit landscape, spotlighting AI-related risks as the area seeing […]

Who’s to Blame? Unraveling AI’s Moral Dilemmas

In the era of artificial intelligence (AI), the question of moral responsibility in the face of harm caused by AI systems becomes increasingly pertinent. As AI continues to permeate various sectors—marketing, healthcare, finance, and beyond—its autonomy and decision-making capabilities raise significant ethical concerns. Yulia W. Sullivan and Samuel Fosso Wamba’s research, „Moral Judgments in the […]

AI and the Changing Landscape of Accounting: Insights from Industry and Academia

The adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in the field of accounting is rapidly changing the dynamics of the profession. A recent workshop, hosted by the Journal of Information Systems, brought together industry experts and academics to discuss the implications of AI for accounting. The key question on everyone’s mind: will accountants with AI replace accountants? […]

RPA Revealed: Navigating the Complexities and Challenges in Accounting Automation

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has emerged as a popular tool among auditors and corporate accountants, aiding in various accounting tasks. While the benefits of RPA are often highlighted, its potential risks and challenges are less frequently discussed. In a revealing article by Marc Eulerich, Nathan Waddoups, Martin Wagener, and David A. Wood, titled „The Dark […]

Discover How the Future of Accounting Can Align with Your Values

The article „Attracting the Next Generation of Accountants“ delves into the intersection of career choice and personal values in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a spotlight on Gen Z’s entry into the workforce and their affinity for sustainability, the study presents an intriguing exploration of how the accounting profession could evolve to meet […]

CAEs are Adding Value Through Data Analytics

The internal Audit Foundation in collaboration with Grant Thornton recently released a report in which over 200 chief audit executives (CAEs) and directors shared their perspectives on leveraging data analytics to generate and elevate value. The majority of internal auditing teams are already prioritizing data analytics and automation as a tool to add value to […]

Beyond Automation: McKinsey’s Vision of a Generative AI-Driven Economy

Generative AI, a technology with the capability to drive vast economic transformation, is on the brink of reshaping our future. McKinsey’s recent research underlines the sheer magnitude of this shift, suggesting generative AI could add a staggering $2.6 to $4.4 trillion annually across numerous use cases. To put this in perspective, this is akin to […]