The undergraduate placement system: an empirical study
AbstractProponents of sandwich degree courses for undergraduate accounting students suggest that a number of benefits can accrue from the students' placement year. This paper reports on empirical research which supports this view. However, the data, which was mainly gathered ethnographically, also suggests that the potential benefits may be achieved in unexpected (to the student and the university) ways and in unexpected contexts. A cybernetic model is utilized as a theoretical framework to demonstrate the control processes of the placement system and to demonstrate how control mechanisms operated for one particular placement student. From this specific focus the paper seeks to provide a deeper understanding of the placement system and the processes which take place. The paper also responds to calls from those academics interested in understanding the nature of control in organizations, for researchers to undertake empirical studies in organizational contexts. The authors make a number of recommendations for amendment to the controlling mechanisms of the placement system featured in the study and suggest that these recommendations may be useful to other operators of placement systems.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.
Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Accounting Education.
Volume (Year): 7 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Contact details of provider:
Web page: http://www.tandfonline.com/RAED20
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Hofstede, Geert, 1981. "Management control of public and not-for-profit activities," Accounting, Organizations and Society, Elsevier, vol. 6(3), pages 193-211, July.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Michael McNulty).
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.