When Organizations Deinstitutionalize Control Practices: A Multiple-Case Study of Budget Abandonment

55 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2014 Last revised: 1 Apr 2014

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Sebastian D. Becker

HEC Paris - Accounting and Management Control Department

Date Written: February 26, 2014

Abstract

Drawing on a framework of deinstitutionalization, this study explores the abandonment of budgeting through a multiple-case study of four companies. The findings illustrate how a number of antecedents to deinstitutionalization acted in each setting and show that abandonment was only achieved through skillful agency by dominant insiders to construct the need and manage for change. In addition, an interesting finding of the study is that two of the four companies reversed the deinstitutionalization and re-introduced traditional budgeting. This is explained by highlighting the role of remnants of formerly institutionalized practices and by demonstrating the importance of administrative and cultural controls which can support the abandonment of a central control practice in the first place. Overall, this research extends previous studies of deinstitutionalization by analyzing a taken-for-granted practice at the micro level and by giving a more agentic account of its processes.

Keywords: deinstitutionalization; budgeting; budget abandonment; Beyond Budgeting

JEL Classification: M40, M41, M49

Suggested Citation

Becker, Sebastian D., When Organizations Deinstitutionalize Control Practices: A Multiple-Case Study of Budget Abandonment (February 26, 2014). European Accounting Review Forthcoming; HEC Paris Research Paper No. ACC-2014-1035. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2401871 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2401871

Sebastian D. Becker (Contact Author)

HEC Paris - Accounting and Management Control Department ( email )

Jouy-en-Josas
France

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