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Balancing the Yin and Yang: the role of universities in developing softer skills in accountancy

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Abstract:

This paper presents an examination of the importance of softer skills in the accountancy profession and a discussion of the contribution that universities can make in supporting the development of these skills. With employers increasingly demanding a greater range of softer skills such as effective communication, the paper is intended to challenge universities to reflect on whether they are maximizing the opportunity to prepare individuals for a career in the accountancy profession. The authors suggest that university lecturers teaching accountancy studies may need to adopt alternative learning methodologies, such as enquiry-based learning, to develop students' softer skills effectively.

Keywords: ACCOUNTANCY PROFESSION; PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT; SOFT SKILLS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5367/ihe.2012.0081

Publication date: February 1, 2012

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  • Industry and Higher Education, published six times a year, is dedicated to all aspects of the relationship and interaction between higher education institutions and business and industry. With a strong emphasis on practical experience, this peer-reviewed journal covers strategic, organizational, economic, political, legal, and social issues relating to the developments in education-industry collaboration. Topics such as knowledge transfer, regional development and entrepreneurship education are key concerns. For more details, see www.ippublishing.com.

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