• Contemporary issues in accounting - An introduction

      Byrne, Darren; University of Derby (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018-06-01)
      This introductory chapter highlights developing challenges and opportunities that are likely to impact on the accounting professional in the foreseeable future. A professional career requires the modern accountant or finance expert to contribute to much more than just the numbers. This chapter outlines how the book is split into two sections; the first section covering external environmental challenges, and the second section covering the accounting profession's response. Each chapter can be used as standalone introductory pieces upon ‘hot topics’. Whilst the book is aimed at supporting undergraduate and masters students upon a range of university courses in accounting, finance and business, it can also aid students studying for professional accounting qualifications and provides useful teaching material for academics in 'contemporary issues' style modules.
    • Finance and accounting—Beyond the numbers with self-leadership.

      Lees, Dave; Byrne, Darren; University of Derby (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018-06-01)
      In this chapter the Authors take the accounting and finance student out of a subject specific approach to finance and accounting, going beyond the numbers into learning about self-leadership and the skills employers look for in future employees including communications skills, creativity and problem-solving skills. The case for these skills is made through review of literature associated with finance and accounting from an employer’s perspective. Discussing the use of projects and independent study whilst at university, the development of authenticity, responsibility and the capacity to self-lead is used to support skill enhancement.