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Responsible Business Seminar: Rethinking the Future of Audit

Northumbria University


Rethinking the Future of Audit: ethics, ethos, professionalism

Martin Martinoff (ICAEW) and Plamena Pehlivanova (Institute of Education)

Against the moral disintegration of 19th century industrial society, France’s first professor of sociology and the key architect of the modern ‘social sciences’ - Emile Durkheim - proposed professions and organised ‘occupations’ as a remedy and the best way to “reawaken our moral sensibility” and strengthen the moral character of society. Similarly, the 21st century began with scandals, scrutiny and criticism of professional and auditing practice, and corporate behaviour more broadly.

This seminar focus on the ICAEW’s AuditFutures programme, which aims to advance the ethics of the audit profession. The seminar will consider the ethical responsibility of professions, the normative role of professional organisations and the conditions that could foster professionalism.

Martin Martinoff leads ICAEW’s AuditFutures - foresight and innovation initiative on the future of the Audit profession. Martin has authored numerous publications, including “Enlightening Professions” and “Philosophy for Accountancy”.


Plamena Pehlivanova is a social scientist working on bridging the areas of learning sciences, professional development, education policy, and moral philosophy. She works with professional bodies and educational institutions.




 As a signatory of the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), the Faculty of Business and Law is committed to promoting responsibility in our teaching, consulting and research. The Risk, Responsibility, Ethics and Governance research cluster brings together over ninety scholars and research students who aim to develop insightful, novel, and useful research.

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View the full list of Responsible Business Seminars here.

Event Details

Northumbria University
City Campus East
Business and Law Building, Room 403
Newcastle upon Tyne


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