Performance of newly employed trainee accountants in Gauteng, South Africa, versus the skills expectations of employers : how big is the gap?

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dc.contributor.author Kunz, Rolien
dc.contributor.author De Jager, Herman
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-30T12:39:52Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-30T12:39:52Z
dc.date.issued 2019-10
dc.description.abstract The objective of this article is to determine whether the professional skills demonstrated by newly employed first-year trainee accountants (i.e. their performance) meet the expectations of audit managers and, if they do not, to determine the size of the expectation–performance gap. A questionnaire was used to determine the expectations and the perceptions of the actual capabilities of trainee accountants among South African audit managers at large audit firms in Gauteng. The findings revealed that newly employed first-year trainee accountants did not meet audit managers’ expectations, with their expectations always exceeding their perceptions of performance. The professional skill with the largest expectation–performance gap was the ability to take responsibility for one’s own development (37.9%) and that with the smallest gap was the ability to display honesty and integrity (9.4%). en_ZA
dc.description.department Auditing en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2019 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http:/journals.sagepub.com/home/ihe en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Kunz, R. & De Jager, H. 2019, 'Performance of newly employed trainee accountants in Gauteng, South Africa, versus the skills expectations of employers : how big is the gap?', Industry and Higher Education, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 340-349. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0950-4222 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2043-6858 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1177/0950422219845999
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/70821
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Sage en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019, The Author(s) 2019 en_ZA
dc.subject Expectation–performance gap en_ZA
dc.subject Graduates en_ZA
dc.subject Professional skills en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Trainee accountants en_ZA
dc.subject Work-readiness en_ZA
dc.title Performance of newly employed trainee accountants in Gauteng, South Africa, versus the skills expectations of employers : how big is the gap? en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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