Examining And Justifying the IS/IT Skills That May Be Designed into the Accountancy Education Curricula for Tomorrow’s Professionals (Published)
There is an increasing shift in demand towards professionals with a combination of business and Information Technology (IT) and Information Systems (IS) skills to help organisations structure their systems to provide effective and efficient support for their primary objectives and activities. Around the world professional training Associations and academic Institutions offering programmes in Accountancy are realising the inevitable revolutionary trends in the world of work and are redesigning their curricula to meet it. The implication of the above shifts is also the shift of the skills required to achieve their organisational objectives and goals the paradigms of people requirements. As a result, academic institutions and accountancy training bodies must understand the consequential shifts in the roles, skills, knowledge and experience accountants and finance professionals need to demonstrate, both now and in the future to keep their heads above the waters. This article analyses the key IT/IS skills that could be preferred for undergraduate accounting majors and professional accounting trainees and proposes a pedagogic structure of IS/IT in the accountancy curricula.