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Accounting curriculum and market needs

Athanasios Mandilas (Department of Accounting and Finance, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology, Kavala, Greece)
Dimitrios Kourtidis (Department of Accounting and Finance, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology, Kavala, Greece)
Yiannis Petasakis (Department of Accounting and Finance, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology, Kavala, Greece)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 4 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine whether the accounting curriculum fits business demand. More specifically, it determines competencies that Greek companies demand from higher education[1] graduates and addresses any mismatches between the market's needs and the academic accounting/business curriculum through a survey in Greece.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a survey to reveal their perceptions’ differences, the sample included 166 students, 25 lecturers/professors from a department of Accounting and Finance (Higher Education) and 155 companies.

Findings

The results provide evidence that all these groups have different perceptions of the curriculum.

Practical implications

The study suggests ways to improve the academic accounting curriculum.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors knowledge, there is not any previous study that examines these parameters in Greece.

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Citation

Mandilas, A., Kourtidis, D. and Petasakis, Y. (2014), "Accounting curriculum and market needs", Education + Training, Vol. 56 No. 8/9, pp. 776-794. https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-12-2013-0138

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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