• Examining graduate skills in accounting and finance: The perception of Middle Eastern students

      Osmani, M.; Hindi, N.; Al-Esmail, R.; Weerakkody, Vishanth J.P. (2017-10-01)
      While many universities have implemented various initiatives and teaching and learning methods to embed the most indemand skills into their degree programmes, there is little evidence in the literature of students’ opinions and awareness of these skills. The purpose of this article is to assess, through an empirical study, students’ perceptions of the skills commonly identified in the literature as important for the field of accounting and finance. A total of 462 surveys were collected and analysed using the SAS statistical analysis tool. According to the findings, the most important graduate skills are communication skills, followed by analytical skills and self-management. The findings also reveal that the language of instruction is statistically significant for a few graduate skills, including interpersonal, planning and organization, communication, self-management and analytical skills. Age is statistically significant for critical thinking skills and gender is statistically significant for leadership, technological and communication skills.
    • Localising Professional Skills Development Strategies in the GCC: Research and Policy Considerations for Qatar

      Weerakkody, Vishanth J.P.; Al-Esmail, R.; Hindi, N.M.; Osmani, M.; Irani, Zahir; Eldabi, T. (2015-09)
      This paper examines the issues and challenges faced by Qatar, a developing Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country, when localising established professional skills development strategies used in developed countries. The paper is based on the synthesis of viewpoint formed through the collective practical experiences of the authors. The paper posits that Qatar, a nation that is striving to move from an economy heavily reliant on oil and gas and the skills and competencies of foreign professionals to one that is knowledge driven and managed by its own citizens, needs to consider several micro, macro and policy level implications for implementing a meaningful professional skills development agenda. The unique demographic context as well as value and belief systems that are influenced by the social-cultural environment play a significant role in influencing the implementation of any performance assessment and management and the development of professional skills in the country.