Accountants towards the accounting of knowledge
An analysis of the results of the first technical qualification exam for the creation of the Brazilian National Register of Forensic Accountants
Keywords:Forensic accounting, concentration of performance, knowledge specialization, exam of technical qualification, paradox of expertise
This article analyses the results of the first technical qualification exam for the creation of the National Register of Forensic Accountants (NRFA or CNPC, acronym in Portuguese) in Brazil, conducted by the Brazilian Federal Council of Accounting (BFCA or CFC, acronym in Portuguese) in 2017. Forensic accounting as a specialized knowledge in accounting presents the paradox of the demand for multidisciplinary knowledge as requirement for assisting in the dispute involving equity interest. In this respect, this research aims to investigate the degree of spatial concentration of the performance and the level of knowledge in forensic accounting, separated by geographic region and federation unit (FU), based on the results of the first exam for the creation of the CNPC. The analysis is supported on the assessment of the candidates’ performance, in the exam’s tests, by using the clustering method. The results present robust evidences that it is necessary to improve continuing professional education and show that the highest spatial concentration of performance and level of specialized knowledge are in the South Region and in the Federal District of Brazil, contradicting the premise that they would be in the Southeast Region, as it is the most developed one in Brazil.
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