Conceptualising Management Accounting Change: an institutional framework

J E. Burns, R W. Scapens

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Starting from the position that management accounting systems and practices constitute organizational rules and routines, this paper describes an institutional framework for the conceptualization of management accounting change. Drawing from (old) institutional economics, the framework explores the complex and ongoing relationship between actions and institutions, and demonstrates the importance of organizational routines and institutions in shaping the processes of management accounting change. The inherent stability and continuity of organizational life is discussed, and three categorizations of institutional change are explored. The framework is offered as a starting point for researchers interested in studying management accounting change, and through such studies the framework will be extended and refined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-25
JournalManagement Accounting Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000


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