Online from: 1997
Subject Area: Accounting and Finance
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|Title:||An introduction to the interaction between the universities and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand: 1910 to the present day|
|Author(s):||Bernadette F. Devonport, (University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand)|
|Citation:||Bernadette F. Devonport, (2009) "An introduction to the interaction between the universities and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand: 1910 to the present day", Pacific Accounting Review, Vol. 21 Iss: 2, pp.150 - 169|
|Keywords:||Accounting, Examinations, New Zealand, Professional associations, Universities|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/01140580911002071 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The author wishes to acknowledge the continuing support of Professor A. van Zijl in her research on accounting in New Zealand.|
Purpose – This paper aims to explore the relationship between New Zealand universities and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand (ICANZ), the main organization of the accounting profession in New Zealand.
Design/methodology/approach – The relationship is approached as an archival search, producing a descriptive analysis of the universities' involvement in the Institute's professional exams, from the creation of the Institute in 1908 until the turn of this century.
Findings – At first this connection was through the qualifying examination system of the Institute, with the universities providing the means for the Institute to educate prospective members. Differences in approach towards accounting education, identified in the ongoing issue of a degree prerequisite, and the development of accountancy departments in the universities, led to the Institute later in the twentieth century turning to other tertiary institutions to provide its accounting professional examinations. This paper shows that although the accountancy departments in the universities have benefited from contact with the Institute, the nature of the relationship has been determined to a large extent by the requirements of the New Zealand accounting profession.
Originality/value – The paper provides historical insights on the interaction between the universities and the Institute, explaining the reasons for the Institute's influence on accounting education in the universities.
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