Abstract: Familiarity with management information systems (MIS) and business analytics (BA) knowledge as well as soft skills facilitating teamwork are becoming critical for business-related disciplines. This study explores the need for information systems (IS) and analytics courses and soft skills in accounting positions by analyzing accounting job listings in a geographic job market as well as those from national accounting firms. Using content analysis, we found a critical need for IS and analytical knowledge. Nearly half of all entry-level positions indicated applicants were expected to have knowledge on concepts taught in a systems analysis and design course (SA&D). Additionally, 89% listed analytics skills while 19% required database knowledge. These findings suggest IS and analytics expand the marketability of accounting students. Further, this research revealed a wide range of soft skills that entry-level accountants were expected to demonstrate, including presentation skills and teamwork which would be improved through classes consisting of students from diverse majors. The findings indicate the need for IS programs to offer transdisciplinary IS and analytics courses that can provide business students with opportunities to develop practical skills, an asset in a team-driven workplace.
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Recommended Citation: Larson, B., Sanders, M., Bohler, J., (2021). Aligning the Technical and Soft Skills of Management Information Systems and Business Analytics Curricula to Supplement Accounting Education. Information Systems Education Journal19(6) pp 27-39. http://ISEDJ.org/2021-6/ ISSN : ISSN: 1545-679X. A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of EDSIGCON 2020