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Publication date: 1 February 1998

Gerhard Gniewosz

This study, based on a questionnaire survey, identifies the various factors which influence accounting students at the University of the South Pacific, being the only…

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This study, based on a questionnaire survey, identifies the various factors which influence accounting students at the University of the South Pacific, being the only university in this region, to choose their discipline of study, their area of employment/specialisation after graduation, and acceptance of their first employment position. A knowledge of students' aspirations and preferences provides an insight into the quality of the profession in the future and has immediate benefits for the attraction and retention of graduates. A comparison is made with Saubert's (1991) study of students in the USA. In general the results show that accounting students in the South Pacific are motivated by similar factors to those indicated in other studies. Pecuniary interests are not the only important factors in choosing accounting as a discipline of study but are coupled with an expectation of challenging and satisfying work. For the purpose of accepting a job offer, the most important factors are prospects for advancement and professional training, together with job security. Public accounting in an international firm is the most preferred area of employment, while teaching at university and high school are the least preferred areas.

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Asian Review of Accounting, vol. 6 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1321-7348

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Publication date: 1 May 2000

Gerhard Gniewosz

This paper examines the changes that have taken place in the extent and nature of management education programmes for international business activity offered by Australian…

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This paper examines the changes that have taken place in the extent and nature of management education programmes for international business activity offered by Australian universities, i.e. the extent to which Australian universities have provided educational support in the recent major expansion of international business activity by Australia’s corporate sector. With the increase in overseas activity by the Australian corporate sector there has been a statistically significant increase in the offering of international business degrees at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Furthermore, consistent with the literature on managerial knowledge requirements for global operation, there has also been a shift towards more appropriately balanced degree structures consisting of business or technical knowledge courses and cultural knowledge courses.

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Journal of Management Development, vol. 19 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0262-1711

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