The article "Contrasting world views on accounting: Accountability and Aboriginal culture" by Chew and Greer (1997) examines the tension between the policy of self-determination and the need for accountability in Aboriginal organizations such as the ATSI Commission. The authors argue that unless systems of accountability applied to the Aboriginal context take into account Aboriginal culture, they can be disempowering and alienating.
However, the article suffers from several potential biases and limitations. Firstly, it assumes a Western perspective on accounting and accountability, which may not be applicable or relevant to Aboriginal culture. This assumption may lead to a narrow understanding of accounting practice in non-Western contexts. Secondly, the article does not provide sufficient evidence or examples to support its claims about the disempowering effects of Western forms of accountability on Aboriginal organizations. Without concrete evidence, these claims remain speculative and unsubstantiated.
Moreover, the article overlooks important considerations such as power dynamics between Aboriginal organizations and governments, historical injustices faced by Indigenous peoples in Australia, and potential risks associated with deviating from established accounting practices. By failing to address these issues, the authors present a one-sided view of the topic that may not accurately reflect reality.
Additionally, while the authors call for further dialogue with ATSI peoples to develop a more enabling form of accountability, they do not explore potential challenges or obstacles that may arise during this process. For example, there may be disagreements among different Indigenous groups about what constitutes an appropriate form of accountability or how it should be implemented.
Overall, while Chew and Greer's article raises important questions about accounting practices in non-Western contexts, it suffers from potential biases and limitations that undermine its credibility. To provide a more balanced perspective on this topic, future research should consider multiple viewpoints and engage in rigorous empirical analysis to support its claims.