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The academy-profession nexus in CFA partner programs

Alexandr Akimov (Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Southport, Australia)
Robert J. Bianchi (Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Southport, Australia)
Michael E. Drew (Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Southport, Australia)

Journal of International Education in Business

ISSN: 2046-469X

Article publication date: 28 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to comprehensively review one example of academic-industry cooperation, namely, the partnership arrangements between the CFA Institute and universities around the globe. There is a scarcity of literature relating to academic-industry cooperation between the finance discipline and business.

Design/methodology/approach

Relevant data were hand-collected and a comprehensive analysis of individual CFA partner programs was undertaken, including the geographical distribution of the programs and program characteristics and ranking of partners programs; the motivation for and approaches of universities toward the CFA Institute partnership and program design are identified. The general findings are validated with a detailed analysis of the CFA partner postgraduate programs offered in Australian universities.

Findings

The research finds that the primary focus of cooperation between the CFA Institute and universities is the adoption of practitioner-relevant academic curriculum in universities, which should assist in setting industry educational standards. The authors observed a great diversity of partner institutions and programs around the globe, their rankings and their approach to cooperation with the CFA Institute thanks to the flexibility of their partnership arrangements. This explains the rapid growth of universities seeking formal cooperation with the CFA Institute. However, this growth has created challenges for the CFA Institute in managing and delivering value in their partnership arrangements.

Research limitations/implications

Due to data limitations, the research does not provide an empirical analysis of factors driving enrollments in Australian postgraduate finance programs.

Practical implications

The paper serves as a guide to universities interested in engaging in cooperation with the CFA Institute. This study is also useful for the professional bodies that evaluate various models of cooperation with educational institutions.

Originality/value

The paper is the first, to the authors' knowledge, to examine the practical aspects of cooperation between universities and a professional body in the finance discipline. Moreover, it is the first to evaluate perceived benefits and problems universities may experience by entering into a popular CFA Institute Partner Program.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support of Griffith University Learning and Teaching Grant.

Citation

Akimov, A., J. Bianchi, R. and E. Drew, M. (2014), "The academy-profession nexus in CFA partner programs", Journal of International Education in Business, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 121-136. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIEB-01-2014-0003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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