The undergraduate placement system: an empirical study
Proponents 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.
Volume (Year): 7 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
|Contact details of provider:|| Web page: http://www.tandfonline.com/RAED20|
|Order Information:||Web: http://www.tandfonline.com/pricing/journal/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.
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:taf:accted:v:7:y:1998:i:2:p:101-121. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Michael McNulty)
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.