An institutional perspective of accountants' new roles - the interplay of contradictions and praxis

John Burns, Gudrun Baldvinsdottir

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    Abstract

    Recent years have witnessed a flurry of commentaries, mainly in the professional accounting literature, on new business-oriented roles for management accountants. Often premised on the generalisation of survey data, such work undoubtedly provides useful publicity to the underlying trends. However, to date, empirical research into the dynamics of role(s) change in actual organisations is scarce. This paper describes the emergence of new team/process-oriented roles for so-called 'hybrid' accountants in the manufacturing division of a multinational pharmaceuticals organisation. Adopting institutional theory, the following provides insight into role(s) change, as processes that encompass both institutional embeddedness and transformational agency. We highlight institutional contradictions that create potential openings for change, and discuss the praxis that underpin when, how and why role(s) change is carved out.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)725-757
    Number of pages33
    JournalEuropean Accounting Review
    Volume14
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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