During the last couple of months, numerous personnel members of the Department of Auditing
attended and presented papers at various conferences across the globe. First on the list was the British Accounting and Finance Association’s 27th Audit and Assurance Conference, which was hosted in London on 4 and 5 May 2017. Carla Coetzee presented a paper, titled “Conflicting institutional logics: a small and medium-sized audit firm perspective”, which originated from her recently completed master’s degree at this conference.
The next stop was the European Accounting Association’s 40th annual conference held in Valencia, Spain from 10 to 12 May 2017, where three of the Department’s personnel members presented papers. Prof Karin Barac presented a paper titled “Diversity in professional teams: structuring a diverse audit team”, while Carla Coetzee’s paper addressed small and medium-sized audit firm issues resultig from the change in company’s audit requirements. Rolien Kunz presented one of the papers from her master’s degree dealing with the work-readiness of first-year trainee accountants and specifically with the professional skills requirements. The conference was attended by delegates from around the world, which provided excellent network opportunities and valuable feedback were received on the presented papers.
The South African Accounting Association International Biennial Conference was hosted at Champagne Sports Resort in the Central Drakensberg from 28 to 30 June 2017. The Department of Auditing delivered five papers at the conference on accounting education and auditing related topics. Accounting academics from around the country as well as professional bodies attended the conference, which provided opportunities to create an awareness of the research being done in the Department and opened up possible collaboration opportunities with personnel from other universities. In addition, one of the papers, titled “From innovators to laggards – the technology adoption profiles of accounting students: a South African study” authored by Bernice Beukes, Marina Kirstein, Rolien Kunz from the Department and Dr Lynette Nagel from the Department of Education Innovation, received the Teaching and Learning - Most Improved Paper Award”.
Marina Kirstein presented a paper at a [email protected] seminar at Deakin University in Melbourne and at the annual Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand conference, which were hosted in Adelaide, Australia at the beginning of July 2017. Her paper explored the emotional intelligence of a diverse cohort of South African accounting students.