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"Ju bättre vi känner det förflutna, desto bättre kan vi förutse framtiden": En enfallsstudie kring hur den tekniska utvecklingen påverkat redovisningskonsulten som profession inom en tidsram på 40 år.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"The better we know the past, the better we can predict the future" : A case study regarding how the technological development has affected the accounting consultant as a profession within a period of 40 years. (English)
Abstract [sv]

Bakgrund och problemdiskussion: Den tekniska utvecklingen bestående av automatisering och digitalisering är ständigt närvarande i dagens verklighet. Nya program och system utvecklas dagligen inom flertalet branscher, vilka alltmer övertar människans arbetsuppgifter. Detta sker även inom redovisningsbranschen. Men hur har egentligen den tekniska utvecklingen påverkat redovisningskonsulten som profession? Utgångspunkt i studien tas år 1976, året då BAS-kontoplanen introducerades som konsekvens av den tekniska utvecklingens påverkan på professionen.

Syfte: Syftet med denna uppsats är att bidra med djupgående kunskap kring den tekniska utvecklingens påverkan på redovisningskonsulten som profession under de senaste 40 åren. Denna uppsats kommer att presentera den trend som genomsyrat redovisningskonsultens arbetsuppgifter under den valda tidsperioden, för att sedan knyta samman till varför detta har skett utifrån olika teorier. Vidare kopplas detta till professionsteori som bidrar med kunskap kring hur professionen förändrats. I denna studie kommer även vissa spekulationer föras kring hur professionen i framtiden kommer att utvecklas.

Metod: Studien är uppbyggd som en enfallsstudie. Fem stycken semi-strukturerade intervjuer har använts som primär datainsamling, i kombination av sekundärkällan tidskriften Balans.  

Slutsats: Nästintill samtliga av redovisningskonsultens arbetsuppgifter har förändrats till att skötas alltmer av datorer och system. Att arbetsuppgifterna förändrats har i sin tur resulterat i en förminskning av redovisningskonsultens jurisdiktion. Slutligen leder förändrad jurisdiktion till förändrad profession. Den tekniska utvecklingen har endast påverkat professionen genom att omforma vilka typer av tjänster som faller inom ramarna för den, detta på grund av att expertis överförts till commodities.

                    

Abstract [en]

Background and problem discussion: The technological development, including automation and digitalization, is constantly present today. New programs and systems are introduced and developed daily, and these are increasingly taking over human tasks. This phenomenon is affecting the accounting consultant. But how has the technological development affected the accounting consultant as a profession until today? The starting point of the study is 1976, the year when the standard for the swedish chart of accounts was introduced as a consequence of the technological development impact on the profession.

Objective: The purpose of this thesis is to contribute with deep knowledge about the impact of the technological development on the accounting consultant as a profession in the past 40 years. This essay will present the trend which has characterized the accounting consultant’s work tasks during the chosen time period, then linking to why this has been done based on different theories. Furthermore, this is linked to professional theory that contributes with knowledge regarding how the profession has changed. In this study, some speculations will also be drawn about how the profession will be developed in the future.

Method: The essay is constructed as a case study. Five semi-structured interviews have been used as a primary source to collect information. These interviews are combined with the journal Balans which has been used as a secondary source.

Conclusion: Almost all tasks that are related to the accounting consultant have changed. Today the computers and systems can fulfill these tasks almost all by themselves. The changes of the tasks have led to a reduction in the jurisdiction of the accounting consultant. Finally, the changed jurisdiction lead to a change of the profession. The technological development has only affected the profession by transforming the types of services that exist within its scope, this because expertise has been transferred to commodities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 99
Keywords [en]
Automation, digitalization, accounting consultant, profession
Keywords [sv]
Automatisering, digitalisering, redovisningskonsult, profession
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-65967OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-65967DiVA, id: diva2:1118051
Subject / course
Business Administration - Other
Educational program
Business Administration and Economics Programme, 240 credits
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