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An Environmentally Enlightened Accounting
Accounting Faculty Publications and Presentations
  • Jesse F. Dillard, Portland State University
  • Darrell Brown, Portland State University
  • Scott Marshall, Portland State University
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  • Economic development -- Environmental aspects,
  • Sustainable development -- Finance,
  • Social responsibility of business
Environmental stewardship must become a primary concern if management is to adequately fulfill its societal responsibilities. Management and accounting information systems must aggressively respond to these emerging requirements in order to support adequately the associated information needs as well as to design organizational systems that motivate and facilitate desired behavior. Our purpose here is to consider a framework useful for developing environmentally enlightening management and accounting information systems that take into account alternative environmental perspectives. The framework can be used to develop prototypes representing different levels of environmental enlightenment and, as such, can provide general guidance for moving collectives and organizations toward a more environmentally responsible posture. The framework is illustrated using an example from the salmon farming industry provided in Georgakopoulos and Thomson (2004).

This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Accounting Forum, [Volume 29, Issue 1]

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Dillard, J., Brown, D., & Marshall, R. (2005). An environmentally enlightened accounting. Accounting Forum, 29(1), 77-101.