The essence of a university and scholarly activity in accounting, with reference to a Department of Accounting at a South African university

The essence of a university and scholarly activity in accounting, with reference to a Department... There is increasing academic pressure on Departments of Accounting in South Africa whose academic programmes are accredited with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). The reason for this that the academic training of potential chartered accountants has long been their main academic focus, and they often fail to do justice to their real academic mission of scholarly activity in accounting (the pursuit of science as an endeavour), which is central to the essence of a university. The quality of such departments’ research is not yet an important criterion for their prestige. However, only Departments of Accounting that develop Accounting as a social science in scholarly activity in accounting deserve international recognition. This empirical study attempts to convince Departments of Accounting, particularly those whose academic programmes are accredited by SAICA, to embark on scholarly activity in accounting as soon as possible. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Meditari Accountancy Research Emerald Publishing

The essence of a university and scholarly activity in accounting, with reference to a Department of Accounting at a South African university

Meditari Accountancy Research, Volume 16 (1): 26 – Apr 1, 2008

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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1022-2529
DOI
10.1108/10222529200800001
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Abstract

There is increasing academic pressure on Departments of Accounting in South Africa whose academic programmes are accredited with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). The reason for this that the academic training of potential chartered accountants has long been their main academic focus, and they often fail to do justice to their real academic mission of scholarly activity in accounting (the pursuit of science as an endeavour), which is central to the essence of a university. The quality of such departments’ research is not yet an important criterion for their prestige. However, only Departments of Accounting that develop Accounting as a social science in scholarly activity in accounting deserve international recognition. This empirical study attempts to convince Departments of Accounting, particularly those whose academic programmes are accredited by SAICA, to embark on scholarly activity in accounting as soon as possible.

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Meditari Accountancy ResearchEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 2008

Keywords: Accounting as a social science; Accounting theory; Conceptual foundations of accounting; Departments of Accounting; Research process for accounting; SAICA’s syllabi; Scholarly activity in accounting; The essence of a university; Theory

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