ERIC Number: EJ1108043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
The Communication Skills of Accountants: What We Know and the Gaps in Our Knowledge
Siriwardane, Harshini P.; Durden, Chris H.
Accounting Education, v23 n2 p119-134 2014
This paper critically reviews 19 studies published between 1972 and 2012 that investigated the written and/or oral communication skills of practicing accountants. The core aim of the review was to identify skills considered important and highlight gaps regarding what is known about existing and desired communication skills in the accounting profession. Key findings include that most studies did not detail the basis used to select the skills examined, used very broad skill-set categories and/or did not sufficiently incorporate information already established in the literature. Differing views on the importance of communication skills were found between educators and accountants. Knowledge gaps identified relate to the communication skills considered most important at varying career stages and different career paths, the specific types of oral and written communication skills needed and the role and importance of oral versus written and informal versus formal communication skills. A fundamental concern is that much of the existing communication skills research is crucially out of date. Of the 19 studies reviewed, only three have been published in the past decade. This suggests that further research is needed in the area.
Descriptors: Accounting, Communication Skills, Written Language, Oral Language, Professional Personnel, Role, Research Reports, Job Skills, Literature Reviews, Search Strategies
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