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

Chia, Yew Ming and 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. ISSN 1363-9080


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published Version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2012 12:28
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: accounting education; career drivers; gender; culture; Singapore; Australia; Hong Kong
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/13639080801957014

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