The role of multiple values in developing management accounting practices in hybrid organisations

Cristina Campanale, Lino Cinquini, Giuseppe Grossi

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to investigate how multiple values in non-profit hybrid organisations influence the adoption of management accounting practices. The empirical analysis centres on hybrid organisations established as co-production and co-management initiatives in social care. Pragmatic constructivism, centred on the role of values, informs the empirical analysis. This research shows that management accounting practices can develop without conflicts when only some actors are interested in management and their values predominate, despite the coexistence of multiple and conflicting values. However, in this situation, where conflicts are eliminated, the validity of accounting is compromised, as it does not represent all values. The evidence of this lack of validity is clear when considering the poor development of management accounting practices and the inability to develop some relevant measures, such as outcome measures. When only some values predominate, the opportunity provided by the multiplicity of values to the development of management accounting practices is lost, and possible inefficiencies may emerge. The use of pragmatic constructivism shows that this lack of validity, determined by the non-integration of values, would be reduced by increasing the discussion among conflictingactors’ values. Findings suggest that the presence of conflicting values, that at first glance may be interpreted as an impediment, would, on the contrary, be useful to support accounting validity, when stimulating discussion. In this respect, conflicting values should work alongside communication, to include dimensions of reality.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100999
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages19
JournalThe British Accounting Review
Volume53
Issue number6
Early online date2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Business Administration (50202)

Keywords

  • Hybrid organisations
  • co-production
  • management accounting practices
  • multiple values
  • pragmatic constructivism
  • social services

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