The Unintended Consequences of Accounting Harmonization in a Transition Country: A Case Study of Management Accounting of Private Czech Companies

Contemporary Economics, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 443-458, 2017

16 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2018

Date Written: December 31, 2017

Abstract

The paper addresses the impact of adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards on the mutual relations between financial and management accounting of private Czech companies under foreign control. Being acquired by a parent company, a subsidiary loses its independence and faces institutional duality, as it must respond to the parent’s directives and is simultaneously confronted with local pressures. Using data from a survey, the logistic regression model provides evidence that subsidiaries under foreign control steadily integrate IFRS-based principles into their management accounting subsystems. The study extends current research on the integration of management and financial accounting by identifying a special case from a transition country where management accounting of subsidiaries converges with financial accounting of parents. A radical change in the traditional organization of management accounting is the strategic response of subsidiaries to the constraints of the local regulatory framework for financial reporting and taxation. However, aligning subsidiary practices with the parent’s goals is conditioned by the existence of a functioning compensation scheme of the subsidiary’s management with reference to IFRS-based results.

Keywords: IFRS Adoption; Transition Country; Private Companies Under Foreign Control; Parent-Subsidiary Links; Financial and Management Accounting

JEL Classification: M41

Suggested Citation

Prochazka, David Anthony, The Unintended Consequences of Accounting Harmonization in a Transition Country: A Case Study of Management Accounting of Private Czech Companies (December 31, 2017). Contemporary Economics, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 443-458, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3200960

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