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The influence of work environment inhibitors on the various engagements in informal workplace learning activities amongst Malaysian accountants

Muhammad Syahir, Abdul Wahab (2014) The influence of work environment inhibitors on the various engagements in informal workplace learning activities amongst Malaysian accountants. PhD. thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Informal learning activities are important for accountants in public accounting firms to develop and maintain knowledge and skills within the professional environment. However, recent evidence indicates that their frequency of engagement in the learning activities is less encouraging. Although this problem is associated with work environment inhibitors, the influence of these factors on various informal learning activities has yet to be explained by any empirical research. Therefore, the main objective of this study was to examine the extent to which the inhibitors influence the accountants' frequency of engagement in various informal learning activities. A total of 258 chartered accountants in the firms across Malaysia participated in this study. The data of the study was collected through self-administered survey questionnaires and analysed using the descriptive approach and multiple regression analysis. The findings showed that the meeting was the most frequently engaged informal learning activity. The results indicated that lack of time due to heavy workload, lack of support from others, structural inhibitor, lack of meaningful rewards, lack of fund, limited influence on firm‟s operation and lack of tolerance to mistakes negatively and significantly influenced the frequency of engagement in various (at least three out of five activities) informal learning activities. The findings also showed that lack of support from others was the most influential inhibitor to reading job related materials. The most influential inhibitor to audio/video tapes usage and group discussion was lack of time due to heavy workload. Lack of meaningful rewards and limited influence on firms operation were the most influential inhibitors to meeting and briefing session respectively. Based on the findings, theoretical and practical implications of the study as well as suggestions for future research are also discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD.)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accountant education, informal workplace learning, work environment inhibitors, public accounting firm, survey
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce. > HF5601-5689 Accounting
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce. > HF5546-5548.6 Office Management
Divisions: Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business
Depositing User: Mr. Badrulsaman Hamid
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2015 03:14
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2016 03:17
URI: http://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/4354

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