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Does the changing world of professional work need a new approach to accounting education?

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posted on 13.10.2020 by Ian Herbert, Andrew Rothwell, Jane Glover, Stephanie Lambert
© 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The paper raises concerns about entry-level positions within large organisations as corporate accounting tasks are re-engineered, automated and relocated. Reduced opportunities for accounting graduates to start their careers are but one factor in a confluence of challenges to accounting education; not least, that in England and Wales study debt is around £50,000 for a typical degree programme. Drawing on discussions from an education/employer stakeholder group, the enquiry finds that longstanding tensions about the optimal mix of intellectual, technical and generic skills in accounting education might be better framed within a broader process of helping students to develop a social identity relevant to their work context. A key proposal is that educators should play a pivotal role in mentoring students so that they develop their own sense of preprofessional identity and thus, become work-ready on graduation.

Funding

Economic and Social Research Council, No. 1013945

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Accounting Education

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

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© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Taylor and Francis under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

20/09/2020

Publication date

2020-10-01

ISSN

0963-9284

eISSN

1468-4489

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Ian Herbert Deposit date: 10 October 2020

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