Closing the Accounting Talent Gap

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Scholarly Article Analysis
Stephanie Davis
Walden University

Ana Muchuca
Effective Communication for Accountant ACC 6100
January 22, 2012
Closing the Accounting Talent Gap
The central research problem or topic reflects that undergraduate accounting students are graduating without hard and soft skills [leadership, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and risk management] necessary for future advancement in corporations. College and university programs focus on auditing and tax positions, and provide minimal courses in management and financial accounting. CFO’s are burdened with the task of advancing accounting and financial staff that have inadequate knowledge essential to company performance in strategic positions.

The purpose of this article to persuade universities to revise managerial accounting curricula to provide students with the skills to ultimately work in corporations. The collapse of major financial firms [Enron, Worldcom, Tyco, AIG, and Lehman Brothers], increased the need for ethical, highly trained, and certified accountants.

Thomson (2009) concluded that academia, not-for-porfit accounting associations, corporations, and public accounting firms should help close the achievement gap. Students should be provided the opportunity [choice] in pursuing a career in finance of corporations.

Accounting in corporations is a major component in the world economy. Globalization, customer expectations, and compliance issues leave many accountants returning to school to keep up with growing changes. As an accounting major, this information has increased my interest in learning every aspect of accounting.

Weaknesses of this article, no adequate citations or references. No abstract, introductory paragraph is provided. The author, wrote the article based on his business experiences with CFO’s and not in third person context. The strengths of the article speak to a specific audience and the conclusion summarized the basis of the...
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