A comparison of generic skills and emotional intelligence in accounting education

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Daff, Lyn, De Lange, Paul and Jackling, Beverley. 2012. "A comparison of generic skills and emotional intelligence in accounting education." Issues in Accounting Education. 27 (3), pp. 627-645. https://doi.org/10.2308/iace-50145
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A comparison of generic skills and emotional intelligence in accounting education

ERA Journal ID36352
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsDaff, Lyn (Author), De Lange, Paul (Author) and Jackling, Beverley (Author)
Journal TitleIssues in Accounting Education
Journal Citation27 (3), pp. 627-645
Number of Pages19
Year2012
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN0739-3172
1558-7983
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2308/iace-50145
Web Address (URL)http://www.aaajournals.org/doi/abs/10.2308/iace-50145
Abstract

Embedding generic skills such as communication and teamwork in the accounting curriculum continues to attract attention from stakeholders. In parallel, the business world and more recently some faculty, have recognized and explored the need to incorporate emotional intelligence (EI) in the curriculum. EI is viewed as a desirable quality as it allows accountants to excel in strategic decision-making, teamwork, leadership and client relations. We contend that in the quest to find the best employees, employers have focused on EI whereas accounting faculty has placed less emphasis on EI skill development and a greater emphasis on generic skills. This paper addresses the need for accountants to have a combination of EI and generic skills. The commonalities and differences between an EI framework and a generic skills framework are identified when the two are juxtaposed. This provides guidance for faculty seeking to develop highly skilled graduates via the development of a range of curriculum resources designed to enhance EI.

Keywordsaccounting education; emotional intelligence; generic skills; non-technical skills
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350199. Accounting, auditing and accountability not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsAvondale College of Higher Education, Australia
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
Victoria University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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