AICPA Survey: 1 in 4 Business Executives Say Their Organizations Are Testing Generative AI

U.S. business executives worry about potential risks from the widening use of generative artificial intelligence programs such as ChatGPT and Microsoft Copilot, but more than a quarter of them say that hasn’t stopped their organizations from experimenting, a recent survey by AICPA & CIMA found.

Seventy-one percent of business executives said they were at least moderately concerned about potential privacy, ethical or accuracy risks associated with the use of Generative AI tools, with 42% expressing significant concern.

Views on Generative AI were solicited as part of the first-quarter AICPA & CIMA Economic Survey, which polled 275 CEOs, CFOs, controllers and other CPAs in U.S. companies who hold executive and senior management accounting roles.

The level of concern about Generative AI risks is largely in line with responses from the survey last quarter, when identical questions were posed. This quarter, only 6% of respondents expressed “no concern at all” about the tools.

Some 26% of survey takers said their organizations are experimenting with the technology in key operations, while 6% said they have already implemented Gen AI tools in one or more business applications. Half of those polled, however, said they haven’t begun to consider use of the tools yet.

Leading categories for test runs include sales and marketing, IT and risk management, core business operations, and finance and strategy.

Survey takers weren’t asked about potential regulation in this area but were queried about the need for AI data to be “subject to some form of independent assessment, or review and assurance.” Fifty-four percent said they viewed this kind of review as “significantly important” to mitigate risks, while only 2% said they viewed it as “not at all important.”

Tom Hood, AICPA & CIMA’s executive vice president for business engagement and growth, said, “We recommend that finance teams start small and ramp up strategically based on their early insights into the technology, with a strong focus on data security and intellectual property protections throughout the process.”


Recent Posts


Sign up for the IPA INSIDER: a bi-weekly news round up sent directly to your inbox.

Related Stories