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Understanding the recruitment and selection processes of management accountants

Understanding the recruitment and selection processes of management accountants This paper aims to focus on the recruitment and selection processes of management accountants to enhance the understanding of how employers form perceptions of a suitable management accountant.Design/methodology/approachThe analysis is based on 17 interviews with individuals involved in the recruitment of management accountants. Empirical data were collected during the recruitment process at eight organisations.FindingsThe findings suggest that in the social context of recruitment, technical skills and abilities related to management accounting are increasingly perceived as “taken for granted”, and employers instead focus on evaluating candidates’ appearance and overall credibility. In particular, employers look for individuals who appear to be sociable, dynamic and appealing. Thus, a candidate’s overall appearance and personality are central to the recruitment process, both of which are assessed through characteristics and traits associated with personal charisma.Practical implicationsThe findings have practical implications for both job seekers and recruiters of management accountants.Originality/valueThis study complements past studies on the role and image of management accountants by elucidating the social nature of their recruitment and selection. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1176-6093
DOI
10.1108/qram-11-2016-0080
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Abstract

This paper aims to focus on the recruitment and selection processes of management accountants to enhance the understanding of how employers form perceptions of a suitable management accountant.Design/methodology/approachThe analysis is based on 17 interviews with individuals involved in the recruitment of management accountants. Empirical data were collected during the recruitment process at eight organisations.FindingsThe findings suggest that in the social context of recruitment, technical skills and abilities related to management accounting are increasingly perceived as “taken for granted”, and employers instead focus on evaluating candidates’ appearance and overall credibility. In particular, employers look for individuals who appear to be sociable, dynamic and appealing. Thus, a candidate’s overall appearance and personality are central to the recruitment process, both of which are assessed through characteristics and traits associated with personal charisma.Practical implicationsThe findings have practical implications for both job seekers and recruiters of management accountants.Originality/valueThis study complements past studies on the role and image of management accountants by elucidating the social nature of their recruitment and selection.

Journal

Qualitative Research in Accounting & ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 18, 2018

Keywords: Management accounting; Selection; Recruitment; Management accountants

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