As the 1980s were the decade of the spreadsheet, so the 1990s are likely to be the decade of the expert system. Changes are already occurring in auditing, tax, stock market analysis, corporate funding, company valuation, merger analysis, and financial management. Accounting education will need to respond appropriately. This paper reports on an experiment which was designed to identify areas within the accounting curriculum where this technology could be introduced. It shows that it may be more economical in staff time than traditional computer-based teaching, and it found evidence of enhanced student performance compared with traditional methods.
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