Achieving Managerial Control by Gerald Vinten

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2000) found that managers have reduced their propensity to create budgetary slack and have higher managerial performance when they possess higher influencing power. Required explanation of budget variances Another characteristic to be studied is the extent to which unit managers are required to explain variances in budgets, and to report actions taken to correct the causes of those variances. Although budget targets are often achieved by managerial competence, they are also sometimes affected by uncontrollable factors.

Finally, future studies should attempt to examine specific factors as to why firms in Asia (with the exception of Japan) are not adopting newly developed management accounting tools such as ABC and target costing. What are the obstacles to implement such techniques? Is culture a predominant factor? As far as this review is concerned, firms across the four countries are consistently taking on board traditional management accounting practices despite the fact that their national cultural values differ (to some extent).

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