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Title: An exploratory study of the personality tendencies of accountants and their compatibility with change and related concepts: the case of professionally qualified accountants in Ireland
Author: Martin, Gary
ISNI:       0000 0004 5361 6909
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2014
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This research focuses on accountants. The business environment accountants operate in provides the context for the study, a setting characterised by rapid change. Accountants, as a group, are not normally associated with being it') the vanguard of change, rapid or otherwise. Indeed, there has been much written in the popular domain (and scholarly domain too) about the 'boring accountant' stereotype, the apparent antithesis of change. The context for the study thus poses significant challenges for accountants: we live in a world where change now appears as the only constant, yet the persistent perception of the accountant is that of being resistant to change. Fairly or unfairly, this stereotype has taken hold. This is a matter of concern for accountancy as a profession. Professions today compete to attract the brightest and best graduates, with the objective of ensuring their sustainable development. Accountancy as a profession could thus be adversely impacted in two ways: firstly, it runs the risk of not responding nimbly enough to the challenges the changing business environment presents if members are indeed as resistant to change as the stereotype suggests; and, if this is the case, accountancy runs the risk of losing the pivotal position it presently occupies in the organisational world as a consequence. Consequently, this work examines the nature of accounting, and those who practice it, accountants. This involves: an overview of how the profession and role of the accountant have developed over time; a review of the business environment in recent years, highlighting how important it is for accountants, as a professional grouping, to be adaptive in the face of significant change; and an examination of creativity, one of the key operationalising concepts used to assess accountants' personality tendencies towards change. However, before an examination of creativity took place, it was necessary to first consider the broader concept it is associated with, namely change.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Management) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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