Matching up the gap between perceived importance and knowledge for IT skills among Australian accountants

Pranish Rai

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Abstract

This paper examines the gap between the perceptions of importance and knowledge in Information Technology (IT) skills among accountants in Australia. 165 accountants were surveyed in this study. The results indicate that accountants have a high IT knowledge in email and communication software, electronic spreadsheet and Internet search tools. As a whole, the perceived IT knowledge among Australian accountants is lower than their perceived importance of these technologies. The greatest match between importance and knowledge is in accounting software, while the biggest gap is in security management skills. Accountants perceive IT security as very important to their current roles; however, they view themselves to lack knowledge in this area. The results of this study can be used in IT knowledge-gap analysis and to further develop training programs to improve the relevant IT skills among accountants.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Subtitle of host publication(HICSS 2012) Maui, Hawaii, 4-7 January 2012
EditorsRalph H. Sprague
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages3632-3640
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780769545257
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventHawaii International Conference on System Sciences (45th : 2012) - Maui, HI
Duration: 4 Jan 20127 Jan 2012

Conference

ConferenceHawaii International Conference on System Sciences (45th : 2012)
CityMaui, HI
Period4/01/127/01/12

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