Proceedings of The 8th International Conference on New Ideas in Management, Economics and Accounting
Alignment between accounting graduates’ competencies and workplace needs: Neo-correspondence perspective and meta-analysis
Merwiey Alaqrabawi, Hashem Alshurafat
This study explores and examines the essential skills for different levels of accounting students in their educational experience. Based on the literature on accounting skills, it is expected for accounting students to acquire and develop certain skills in conjunction with the developments in the business and technology environment. The study uses the neo-correspondence theory to guide the research theoretical and analytical procedures. It is argued that there is a gap between the current skills that accounting students acquire and the marketplace requirements. Therefore, this study provides empirical evidence based on 34 selected studies that have discussed the various skills for a different level of accounting students with different perceptions using a meta-analysis technique. All perspectives were considered, such as students, employers, educators, accounting professions, and stakeholders. In addition, the results of this study are based on the analysis of previous studies that used surveys as a data collection method to assemble the skills from different perspectives. The Researchers stated four categories for skills which are: intellectual and technical, personal, interpersonal, and professional skills. Based on this research results, the most rated skill is basic computer skills, which fits under the intellectual and technical skills category. This paper provides implications for accounting educators, employers, and students.
Keywords: Accounting Education Accounting Skills, Accounting Students, Curriculum, Student’s Perception.