Management Accouting Graduates Need to Learn How to Communicate Informally, with Empathy, Pertinence, and Clarity: A Practitioner’S Perspective
26 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2018 Last revised: 15 Mar 2018
Date Written: January 11, 2018
In this paper, we have two objectives. Our first objective is to determine the important management accounting competencies for accounting graduates, from the perspective of accounting practitioners. Our second objective is to see if these competencies are covered in the Canadian Certified Professional Accounting (CPA) program.
We conducted in-depth interviews with 27 management accounting practitioners across Canada. Our findings suggest that accounting graduates need to communicate informally, in a one-to-one, or small group setting. In respect to our second objective, we find that these informal communication skills are not covered in the Canadian CPA accounting program, even though these skills are required according to the CPA competency map.
Keywords: management accounting, competencies, skills, communication, education
JEL Classification: M, I
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