'Global' Management Accounting Research: Some Reflections

Posted: 6 Jan 2017 Last revised: 20 Nov 2017

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Wim A. Van der Stede

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Date Written: January 3, 2017


I start with some examples of global studies that compare and contrast "remedies" to management control and corporate governance issues across borders to expose the common tenet of such studies that "uniformity" of practices or regulations is "counter-productive" given national/cultural variations across countries. However, I critically evaluate this so-called "non-uniformity" prescription by considering the costs of local or situational adaptions. This naturally links with the "homogenizing" effects of globalization, where I ponder whether globalization might actually reduce the power of comparative studies across countries or regions, or whether, regardless, there remains great benefit to be had from studying "local" practices that can be theoretically generalized. I also offer some suggestions to help strengthen the design of comparative studies to try and maximize their (conceptual, if not econometric) power.

Keywords: Global accounting research, management accounting, corporate governance, global regulation

JEL Classification: C18, F68, G38, M41, M48

Suggested Citation

Van der Stede, Wim A., 'Global' Management Accounting Research: Some Reflections (January 3, 2017). Journal of International Accounting Research, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 1-8, Summer 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2893195

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