An international study of career drivers of accounting students in Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong

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Chia, Yew Ming, Koh, Hian Chye and Pragasam, John. 2008. "An international study of career drivers of accounting students in Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong ." Journal of Education and Work. 21 (1), pp. 41-60. https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080801957014
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An international study of career drivers of accounting students in Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong

ERA Journal ID19322
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsChia, Yew Ming (Author), Koh, Hian Chye (Author) and Pragasam, John (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Education and Work
Journal Citation21 (1), pp. 41-60
Number of Pages20
Year2008
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon. United Kingdom
ISSN1363-9080
1469-9435
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080801957014
Web Address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13639080801957014
Abstract

This is a comparative study of the career drivers of accounting students in Singapore, Australia and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The study examines the motivational factors that steer accounting students into choosing accounting as a programme of study in their respective countries. Comparative analyses are performed to examine the importance of each career driver, taking into consideration gender and country/institutional
variables. The results indicate significant differences between male and female students with respect to the importance of the following career drivers: search for meaning, security, material rewards and creativity. Significant differences are also found among countries/institutions and the importance of career drivers such as expertise, status, security, affiliation and creativity. The study concludes with a discussion of the implications of the findings for both the profession and academic educators as well as suggestions for future research.

Keywordsaccounting education; career drivers; gender; culture; Singapore; Australia; Hong Kong
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
520102. Educational psychology
470212. Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
SIM University, Singapore
School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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