Management accounting change: A review

Claudio Wanderley, John Cullen


The objective of this study is to discuss the main aspects of management accounting change and the present stage of research in the area. Research in the field of management accounting change can be characterised by its methodological diversity which includes interpretive research, critical research and the traditional functionalist and positivist research. A variety of research methods have also been used, including surveys, fieldwork, case studies and ethnographic studies, as well as studies that have adopted a more conventional quantitative approach, such as contingency-type studies. In addition, researchers have drawn on a wide range of theories, including traditional positivistic theories, such as economic theory and contingency theory, and alternative theories, such as institutional theory, structuration theory, actor network theory, middle-range thinking, labour process theory, political economy, and Foucault’s theory. Therefore, management accounting change is a heterogenic field of research with a non-dominant paradigm.

Key words: management accounting, change, literature review, interpretive research.

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