Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Pope Francis tells accountants to become creative

Dov Fischer


In November 2014, Pope Francis addressed the World
Congress of Accountants in Rome and called on the profession to go beyond accomplishing its duty with competence and wisdom. This study draws insights from Francis’s speech on how spirituality can expand the scope of accounting ethics from mere integrity, honesty, and professionalism to grander aims such as creativity, human development, and social solidarity. Recent studies show that workers and companies with a spiritual orientation perform better than peers and that spirituality fosters creativity. We also discuss how lessons from Francis’s speech can take place in a classroom setting and some real-world applications of those lessons.

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