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The incorporation of soft skills into accounting curricula: preparing accounting graduates for their unpredictable futures

The incorporation of soft skills into accounting curricula: preparing accounting graduates for... This paper explores the changing needs of employers and the business community in relation to the balance between technical and soft skills, such as communication skills, business presentation skills and other interpersonal skills. The researcher discusses the importance of soft relational skills for all business graduates, including accountants. The study further explains how soft skills can complement the technical skills taught to ensure that graduates are equipped to deal with the demands of a complex global business environment. The needs of different stakeholders, possible barriers to change and the way in which academic faculty can contribute are reviewed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Meditari Accountancy Research Emerald Publishing

The incorporation of soft skills into accounting curricula: preparing accounting graduates for their unpredictable futures

Meditari Accountancy Research , Volume 18 (2): 22 – Oct 1, 2010

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1022-2529
DOI
10.1108/10222529201000007
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Abstract

This paper explores the changing needs of employers and the business community in relation to the balance between technical and soft skills, such as communication skills, business presentation skills and other interpersonal skills. The researcher discusses the importance of soft relational skills for all business graduates, including accountants. The study further explains how soft skills can complement the technical skills taught to ensure that graduates are equipped to deal with the demands of a complex global business environment. The needs of different stakeholders, possible barriers to change and the way in which academic faculty can contribute are reviewed.

Journal

Meditari Accountancy ResearchEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 1, 2010

Keywords: Accounting education; Accounting education change; Collaborative learning; Core competencies; Curriculum revision; Employer expectations; Innovative teaching and learning; Learning styles; Interpersonal skills; Professional knowledge; Soft skills; Technical skills

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