A comparison of generic skills and emotional intelligence in accounting education

Daff, Lyn and 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. ISSN 0739-3172


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 01:33
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2017 23:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: accounting education; emotional intelligence; generic skills; non-technical skills
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: 10.2308/iace-50145
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29056

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