Relevance and Professional Associations in 2026 NEW ACADEMIC PUBLICATION Available September 2016
Latest edition of the Academic Leadership Series, an annual publication produced by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
THIS YEAR’S VOLUME, PUBLISHED IN CONJUNCTION WITH RMIT UNIVERSITY, IS THE SEVENTH IN THE SERIES. FOCUSING ON KEY ISSUES FOR BUSINESS AND SOCIETY IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND, THE WORK IS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ACADEMICS, POLICY MAKERS AND PRACTITIONERS.
With their traditional model under threat from the rapid development of communication technology and the rise of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google and Instagram, what is the role of professional associations in the future? Traditionally formed to establish the legitimacy of members within a specialised professional field (e.g., accounting, law, medicine and engineering), the benefits from belonging to a professional association include career opportunities, grants, professional development and lifelong learning, advocacy and social networks. But now many of these activities are being undertaken outside their sphere of influence. Not only are professional associations under threat – but the very professions they represent are at risk from the disruptive forces of globalisation, automation and technology.
Professions need to adapt and innovate to avoid the risk of becoming irrelevant. These are the significant issues facing the contemporary professional association. This publication discusses and debates the forces that will impact the professions in the future. With contributions from academics, policy makers and practitioners, it explores how the traditional and highly valued role of professional associations is being disrupted and how associations that resist change will be bypassed and transcended. It also outlines how these forces also bring opportunity for professional associations. In a world in which information for decision making is provided in a smarter, efficient and more accurate way professionals are experts and trusted advisors not only to those they advise but also to communities and society.
In their capacity to educate, innovate, solve problems and advocate for the public interest professional associations may, in fact, be more relevant than ever. This publication provides analysis and context as a catalyst for deeper discussion.
At Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand we are committed to contributing to what should be a global conversation about how to meet these future challenges.
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- Professional Associations – Past Contributions, Present tensions and Future Opportunities. Roger Burritt, James Guthrie and Elaine Evans
PART A: CONTEXT
- Relevance and the Future of Professional Associations Ross Dawson Historical Patterns and the Inevitable Decline of Professional Associations. Göran Roos
- Relevance and Professional Associations in 2026: Towards a New Role for Thought Leadership. Geoffrey Stokes
- The Future of the Legal Profession. George Beaton and Ben Farrow
PART B: EDUCATION ISSUES
- The Role and Nature of Professional Development Education in the Future. Jason Dale
- Accreditation, Professional Associations, and Higher Education: Foundations for Future Relations. Mark Freeman and Elaine Evans
PART C: PRACTITIONERS’ PERSPECTIVES
- Future Tensions in Professional Associations. Sarah Davidson
- Accounting: A Survival Guide. Ken Stephens
PART D: SPECIFIC ISSUES
- Professional Accounting Bodies: Scoping Options for Sustainability. Katherine Christ and Roger Burritt
- Modern Professional Practice and its Future: An Overview. Sharon Winocur
Earlier volumes in the Academic Leadership Series can be found at http://www.charteredaccountants.com.au/News-Media/Reports-and-insights/Academic-leadership-series.aspx
Publications in our academic leadership series are designed to provide fresh insights and open dialogue on a range of evolving topics and issues. The articles are aimed at both an academic and practitioner audience and are peer reviewed.
- Future Proofing the Profession
Edited by Elaine Evans, Roger Burritt and James Guthrie, 2015.
Future Proofing the Profession (PDF 1MB)
Just as the industrial revolution changed the world forever in the 18th and 19th centuries, we are now facing a period of significant transformation, likely to be characterised by both amazing new possibilities and seismic shifts in the way our national economies function.
These changes impact society in a way not often contemplated. That manufacturing and blue collar jobs will be significantly impacted is widely accepted, but automation and advances in computer software will also displace white collar jobs, including those in the business, financial and accounting worlds. Social adjustment to this polarisation of work is occurring globally and is met with mixed reception in different parts of the world.
This publication provides analysis and context to an issue that needs to be discussed with more depth. With contributions from professional accounting bodies, practitioners and accounting academics this sixth volume in the series examines the challenges and opportunities the futures presents for Australia and New Zealand.
- The Accounting Profession’s Engagement with Asia
Edited by Elaine Evans, Roger Burritt and James Guthrie, 2014.
The Accounting Profession’s Engagement with Asia (PDF 1.5 MB)
Asia is a vast cultural region, known for its economic, political and social contrasts. What is the role of the accounting profession in Asia’s emerging markets?
The articles in this latest publication discuss the opportunities and challenges for Australia and New Zealand in developing closer ties with the region in business, education and practice. Including contributions from leading national and international academics and policy makers, it covers the accounting profession’s competitiveness in the Asian market and how Australian universities can respond to economic growth in Asian countries.
- The Virtual University: Impact on Australian Accounting and Business Education
Edited by Elaine Evans, Roger Burritt and James Guthrie, 2013.
Technology is changing the higher education landscape, just as it has changed music, newspapers, retail and book publishing. The rise of online learning offerings, in particular massive open online courses, is putting the onus on tertiary educators to adapt to the changing market. What impact will this have on the future of business and accounting education?
The articles in this volume offer insights into the subject of the virtual university, a field that is very new in research literature, from the perspective of a range of contributors from industries such as IT and publishing, professional bodies, industry groups and from those in the higher education sector.
- Emerging pathways for the next generation of accountants
Edited by Elaine Evans, Roger Burritt and James Guthrie, 2012.
How are education pathways for entry into the accounting profession changing? How are globalisation and new technologies, along with new social and environmental issues, impacting these pathways? And, what can our next generation of graduate entrants expect as accounting roles become increasingly varied and diverse?
Each chapter provides fresh insights from professional accounting bodies, practitioners and accounting academics as they openly explore and debate the changing role, education pathways and future needs of professional accountants in an Australian context. Of note, the recurring issue of quality and strategies for upholding the highest standards in accounting education is a shared priority among all contributors.
- Bridging the Gap between Academic Accounting Research and Professional Practice
Edited by Elaine Evans, Roger Burritt and James Guthrie, 2011
Why is academic accounting research still lacking impact and relevance? Why is it considered so detached and worlds apart from practice and society? These and many more questions are tackled in this new publication commissioned by the Institute and the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Sustainability (CAGS) in the School of Commerce at the University of South Australia.
Each chapter provides fresh insights from leading accounting academics, policy makers and practitioners. The book triggers a call for action, with contributors unanimously agreeing more collaboration is needed between all three elements that make up the accounting profession – researchers, policy makers and practitioners.
- Accounting education at a crossroad in 2010
Edited by Elaine Evans, Roger Burritt and James Guthrie, 2010.
The Institute has collaborated with the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Sustainability (CAGS) in the School of Commerce at the University of South Australia, to produce this publication. Each chapter examines key challenges facing the profession, including:
- Staff shortages combined with the pressures of an ageing academic population
- The changing skill-sets of accounting and the misalignment with employer expectations
- The large classes in university business faculties now leading to undesirable, sub-optimal teaching and learning outcomes
- The impact of alternative pathways to professional programs via private providers and vocational studies.
Roger Burritt, 30 July 2016