حسابداری مدیریت راهبردی و شیوه های استراتژی در سازمان های بخش دولتی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|10311||2012||16 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||13300 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Management Accounting Research, Volume 23, Issue 4, December 2012, Pages 245–260
Empirical strategic management accounting (SMA) research has paid insufficient attention to the practices through which strategising occurs. SMA research has also overlooked the importance of strategy in the public sector and the specificities of this context that problematise existing knowledge of techniques that might make up SMA. Consequently, this study examines the role of management accounting in organisational practices through which strategy is enacted, and does this by way of a longitudinal study of a public sector agency. It is informed by the strategy-as-practice perspective that increasingly features in strategy research. The study identifies roles for management accounting in strategising that extend beyond the typically ascribed functions of decision-facilitation and decision-influencing. Its main contribution is the detailing of specific ways in which management accounting is constitutive of strategising through specific organisational practices. The findings of particular management accounting techniques being used for strategising by entities in the public sector provide a useful counter-point to the private sector orientation that has dominated SMA research to date. The study also outlines particular directions that a rebalanced SMA research agenda might take.
An extensive management accounting research literature exists concerning the interface with strategy. Within this literature there are two main research traditions: research that uses the label ‘strategic management accounting’ (SMA) to investigate management accounting that is strategically oriented; and research that examines the inter-relationships between strategy and management control systems (MCS). This paper is situated in the first tradition. It examines the role of management accounting in selected organisational practices through which strategy is enacted (Jarzabkowski, 2003 and Jarzabkowski, 2004). It does this through a longitudinal case study of a public sector agency. There are two motivations for this study. First, empirical SMA research has focused predominantly on examining the use of SMA techniques in organisations and their antecedents (see, Guilding et al., 2000, Roslender and Hart, 2003, Cadez and Guilding, 2008 and Ma and Tayles, 2009). Less attention is paid to the practices through which strategising occurs (Bhimani and Langfield-Smith, 2007). Indeed, the defining characteristics of SMA identified thus far – that it exhibits an environmental, outward-looking and/or a long-term, forward-looking orientation (Cadez and Guilding, 2008) – say little about how strategy is carried out through SMA. The few SMA studies that have examined how strategy occurs (see, Bhimani and Langfield-Smith, 2007 and Cadez and Guilding, 2008) generally assume that strategic processes are uni-dimensional, being either formal and structured or informal and unstructured. Against this, the strategy literature is increasingly concerned with the multiple practices through which strategy is enacted, labelling this the ‘strategy-as-practice’ perspective (Jarzabkowski and Spee, 2009). In this literature, claims about the demise of formal strategic practices (Mintzberg, 1994) are far from settled. Indeed, evidence of the widespread use of formal strategic practices – even in uncertain and dynamic environments – has renewed scholarly interest in how strategisation is carried out through these organisational arrangements (Whittington and Cailluet, 2008). Consequently, an important element of the concern with strategy-as-practice involves attention to how formal practices distribute shared meanings or mediate between diverse interests and interpretations of strategic activity (Jarzabkowski, 2003). While these practices can take varied forms, particular attention is prescribed to examining the “key strategic practices [of] direction setting, resource allocation and monitoring and control” (Jarzabkowski, 2004, p. 28). To date, SMA studies that take this as a primary concern are limited (for an exception, refer to Jorgensen and Messner, 2010), and are yet to provide detail on the roles that particular management accounting techniques play in these strategic practices and their constitutive effects for strategising.1 Given this, and informed by the strategy-as-practice perspective, the primary objective of our study is to investigate the role of management accounting in strategising through organisational practices of: (i) planning and direction setting; (ii) resource allocation; and (iii) monitoring and control. Second, there is a need to examine the management accounting techniques that are connected to strategising in the public sector. Pressures and reforms variously described as new public management (Hood, 1995 and Olson et al., 1998) have increased the importance of strategy in the public sector (Llewellyn and Tappin, 2003). Also, specificities of the public sector context indicate that techniques and processes developed for private sector organisations cannot be simply transplanted into a public sector agency (PSA).2 Indeed, the monopoly situation of many PSAs and the absence of a profit-imperative would imply that SMA techniques, such as competitor accounting and customer accounting as popularly defined (see, Cadez and Guilding, 2008), are peripheral if not irrelevant. These aspects of the public sector problematise existing knowledge about the management accounting techniques that are used in organisational strategising. Yet, there has been little examination of the role of accounting in strategic decision making within the public sector.3 Supporting this point, recent studies call for greater engagement of accounting research with the strategising and organising concerns found in contemporary PSAs (Modell et al., 2007 and Kurunmaki and Miller, 2011). Hence our secondary objective in this study is to examine the particular forms that management accounting takes as part of strategising in the public sector context. Our longitudinal case study involves ‘Alpha’, a national law enforcement organisation tasked with combating serious and organised crime. During the period of study, Alpha adopted a new strategy in response to particular organisational challenges. As part of this, it also reshaped organisational practices to ensure the new strategy was enacted. Alpha, therefore, represents an appropriate setting for the pursuit of both objectives of our study. The remainder of our paper is structured as follows. Section 2 of the paper reviews previous empirical SMA research and Section 3 presents the strategy-as-practice perspective that we adopt. This is followed by a discussion of the research methods utilised in our study in Section 4, and the results of our case study in Section 5. A discussion of the research findings and conclusion appear in Section 6 of the paper.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
The main contribution of this paper is the detailing of specific roles that management accounting plays within particular strategic practices through which strategising occurs. These findings extend beyond the well-established decision influencing and decision facilitation functions of SMA and the somewhat passive depiction of SMA within strategic activity. It builds on recent interest (Jorgensen and Messner, 2010) on how accounting is constitutive of strategising and shows the multiple ways this can occur. The findings of particular management accounting techniques being used for strategising by entities in the public sector is also useful in countering the exclusive private sector orientation that has dominated SMA research thus far. Consequently, we suggest particular directions that a rebalanced SMA research agenda might take. In closing, the limitations of this study need to be acknowledged. Although Alpha provides rich data and insights into the operation of management accounting that is strategic, these need to be appreciated in parallel with acknowledgement of the limitations of a case study in regard to generalisability. Comparative case studies across multiple organisations would be needed in order to determine whether this pattern of practices is found more broadly. Also, the law enforcement nature of the organisation and the need to protect information security meant that some strategising discussions were not directly observed. A particular case in point was the inability to access Board discussions where Strategic Work Programs for the year were approved. This was mitigated in part by routinely obtaining updates from representatives of the organisation that were responsible for bringing about the new operating model and implementing new strategising practices. Finally, certain management accounting techniques were in flux at Alpha. As such, it is always possible that new forms of SMA might emerge as strategy practitioners continue to grapple with the problems of ensuring that Alpha ‘did the strategy’.