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ERIC Number: EJ1158390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1925-0746
Modelling Job-Related and Personality Predictors of Intention to Pursue Accounting Careers among Undergraduate Students in Ghana
Mbawuni, Joseph; Nimako, Simon Gyasi
World Journal of Education, v5 n1 p65-81 2015
This study principally investigates job-related and personality factors that determine Ghanaian accounting students' intentions to pursue careers in accounting. It draws on a rich body of existing literature to develop a research model. Primary data were collected from a cross-sectional survey of 516 final year accounting students in a Ghanaian public university. Data were analysed using SmartPLS 2.0 to conduct Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modelling (PLS-SEM). The results show that five factors are key determinants of accounting students' intentions to pursue accounting careers. Among the significant predictors, feelings about accounting profession made the greatest influence on career intentions, followed by accountants' reputation, job requirements, job outcomes and self-efficacy. Two factors, negative perception of ethical behaviour of accountants and accounting knowledge did not contribute significantly to predicting students' career intentions in the research context. Finally, the results show that stronger intention to pursue accounting career influences accounting students' recommendation of accounting careers to others. This study contributes to filling the dearth of empirical research in developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) on career-choice predictors of accounting students' career intentions and its behavioural consequence. Theoretical, managerial and educational policy implications of this study are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ghana
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