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Redovisningskonsultens framtida profession till följd av automatisering: Två framtidsscenarier
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The accounting profession is facing major changes due to automation. The future of theprofession is uncertain because of the technical development, and it is important for bothaccounting firms and students to consider that major changes in the industry will occur.The overall purpose of this study is to increase the understanding of how the future of theaccounting profession will look like as a result of automation. The thesis is based onacademic research fields like theory of the professions, automation of work tasks andpath-dependency theory.The methodology used in this thesis is scenario planning in order for the authors todevelop plausible future scenarios for the upcoming 20 years for the accountingprofession. With the help of six qualitative interview on four major auditing andaccounting firms were the authors able to present the grounds for the future, and coulddevelop these two possible scenarios: • Scenario 1: A business administration IT consultant • Scenario 2: A business financial advisor The scenarios were reviewed and commented on by experts in the field to verify itscredibility. Both Scenario 1 and Scenario 2 showed that the future for accountants willrequire other qualities of them than today. In Scenario 1 the accountant will mainly haveto be an IT-specialist, service-oriented and open to change. In Scenario 2, the consultanthas to be social, service-minded, sales-oriented and have experience of workingoperationally in the corporate world.The profession is facing major changes and it applies to all stakeholders such as agencies,employees and students to be on their toes to have a future in the industry.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Accountant, Profession, Future, Scenario, Scenario planning, Automation
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, Redovisningskonsult, profession, framtid, scenario, scenarioplanering, automatisering
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-49410Local ID: 6bfb4b7d-3b07-42c6-9664-06432ece76a6OAI: diva2:1022757
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Business Administration, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20160622 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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