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Critical information and communication technology (ICT) skills for professional accountants

P.L. Wessels (Department of Accountancy, University of Stellenbosch)

Meditari Accountancy Research

ISSN: 1022-2529

Article publication date: 1 April 2005



Information technology can be seen as one of the key drivers in a changing business environment as it is integrated into almost all aspects of business. All the research investigating the skills and abilities that a professional accountant will need in future emphasises the importance of understanding and being competent in the use of information technology. Whether professional accountants function as financial managers within a specific organisation, act as independent evaluators of an organisation, financial information and systems, or act as consultants advising organisations, they will have to interact with and be knowledgeable about information technology to enable them to perform their jobs competently. The purpose of this article is to identify which information and communication technology (ICT) skills are critical for professional accountants who wish to be competent in the current and future working environment. A literature review was conducted of research by various professional accountancy bodies and other stakeholders to determine: the competence that future professional accountants will need; and the impact of the changing environment on the curricula set by professional accounting bodies. The article concludes with a description of the ICT skills required by professional accountants in order to be competent in today’s work environment. The article concludes with a discussion of the ICT skills that professional accountants must be competent in using.



Wessels, P.L. (2005), "Critical information and communication technology (ICT) skills for professional accountants", Meditari Accountancy Research, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 87-103.



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