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The Integration of Information Technology Skills in Accounting Curriculum at Public Universities in Egypt

Nokhal, Ayman Mohamed Sabry Shaban (2013) The Integration of Information Technology Skills in Accounting Curriculum at Public Universities in Egypt. PhD. thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Abstract

Professional and academic accountants have debated the issue of integration of information technology (IT) skills in accounting during the past three decades. However, the majority of prior studies are very descriptive in nature and lack a theoretical background. Most of these studies investigated the issue of Required IT skills and Integrated IT skills in different settings. Prior studies also investigated the issue separately, either from the perspective of professional or academic accountants. Based on information processing theory and task-technology fit, this study investigated the alignment (IT Alignment) between Required IT skills and Integrated IT skills in a single setting. It also examined factors that influence IT Alignment. Data were collected from 249 accounting lecturers in public universities in Egypt, who were also practicing accountants. Survey was mailed out in March 2011, and response rate was 69.02%. Descriptive statistics indicated that the top 5 Required IT were generalized audit software, embedded audit modules/real-time modules, word- processing, small business accounting software, and electronic spreadsheets, while the top 5 Integrated IT were word processing, electronic spreadsheets, electronic presentations, database search and retrieval, and test data. Using a matching approach, the top 5 most aligned variables were word-processing, electronic spreadsheets, electronic presentations, internal network configurations, and database search and retrieval. Thirty-five hypotheses were then tested to examine factors that influenced IT Alignment. Results of multiple regressions suggested that market need played a major role in influencing the IT alignment. Other factors included financial resources, university/faculty support, interest and attitude toward the IT integration. This study has deepened current understanding of IT integration into accounting and has provided useful insights for Deans of Faculty of Accountancy in planning their IT integration. More importantly, the study also opens up possibilities for further study of IT integration, both in Egypt and around the globe.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD.)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Required IT Skills, Integrated IT Skills, Accounting Education, IT Alignment
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General) > T58.5-58.64 Information technology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business
Depositing User: Mr. Badrulsaman Hamid
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2013 02:39
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2016 00:40
URI: http://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/3498

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