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Mastering the accounting proficiency through practice: A dynamic view of the apprenticeship process between newly graduated accountants and supervisors as the accounting profession changes over time
Karlstad University.
Karlstad University.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The accounting profession is through a natural progression constantly changing its shape. What was once known as traditional accounting is nowadays entailing moving towards a more service-minded occupation where the former bookkeepers are steadily transforming into accounting consultants. Nevertheless, since accountancy is commonly known as a craft which is supposed to be taught through supervision; this professional shift is crucially linked with the choice of teaching method within the apprenticeship process which takes place between an apprentice and an experienced supervisor. Prior research has revealed that a tolerant approach of teaching has beneficial impacts regarding corporative efficiency since it leads to a greater chance to adapt to environmental changes compared to a conservative approach of teaching.1Correspondingly, a conservative approach tends to result into limitations concerning creativity and innovation associated with an individual level. Accordingly, this paper has flourished a deeper understanding of the apprenticeship process by addressing insights and identifying reasons for why accounting firms which are examined in this study might possibly prefer a conservative approach instead of a tolerant approach given the comparative advantages related to a tolerant approach of teaching during the apprenticeship process. Aligned with this presented purpose, twelve semi-structured interviews were conducted within four different accounting firms located in Sweden; where one half of the respondents were newly graduated accountants while the other half supervisors. Through the identification of linguistic patterns stated during the interviews; we finally reached the conclusion that practical consistency and corporate values were arguments demonstrated in favor of applying a conservative approach during the apprenticeship process, while educational and technical reasoning was determinant factors for preferring a tolerant approach of teaching.

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2017. , p. 50
Keyword [en]
Accounting
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-48058OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-48058DiVA, id: diva2:1078218
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Business Administration
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Programme in Business and Economics
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Available from: 2017-03-03 Created: 2017-03-02 Last updated: 2017-03-03Bibliographically approved

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