EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Infusing data analytics into the accounting curriculum: A framework and insights from faculty

Ann C. Dzuranin, Janet R. Jones and Renee M. Olvera

Journal of Accounting Education, 2018, vol. 43, issue C, 24-39

Abstract: Understanding how to use data to formulate and solve business problems provides an opportunity for the accounting professional to become a forward thinking strategic partner in the organization. The challenge for accountants is to develop the skills needed to extract value from data through advanced analytics. The challenge for accounting academic departments is determining the data analytic skills and tools that are relevant to the accounting profession and how and when to incorporate those topics into an already full curriculum. This is especially true for accounting programs that have separate AACSB accreditation, given that Accreditation Standard A7 requires universities with separate accounting accreditation to include content and learning objectives associated with data analytics and information technology skills. To address the challenges, we propose three data analytic implementation methods: a focused approach, integrated approach, and a hybrid approach. We present the results of a broad exploratory survey of accounting faculty regarding which data analytic skills and tools should be taught and how, when and where these topics should be provided to accounting students. We find support for a hybrid approach; whereby accounting programs include both a stand-alone course emphasizing data analytic competencies and accounting courses with data analytic competencies ingrained. We conclude with a discussion of the support for and limitations of each of our proposed implementation methods.

Keywords: Data analytics; Accounting curricula; Professional competencies; Survey research (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0748575116301257
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:joaced:v:43:y:2018:i:c:p:24-39

Access Statistics for this article

Journal of Accounting Education is currently edited by Natalie Tatiana Churyk

More articles in Journal of Accounting Education from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Dana Niculescu ().

 
Page updated 2018-08-04
Handle: RePEc:eee:joaced:v:43:y:2018:i:c:p:24-39