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Vilken information erhåller styrelser?: En kvantitativ studie om styrelsens information och dess förändring
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 240 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Which Information does the Board of Directors receive? : A quantitative study about the information received by the Board of Directors and its evolution (English)
Abstract [sv]

Bakgrund: För att styrelser ska kunna utföra sina uppgifter är det viktigt att de erhåller relevant, korrekt och aktuell information. Traditionellt sett har den information styrelser erhåller främst bestått av redovisningsbaserad finansiell information. Denna typ av information har dock kritiserats då den är otillräcklig för långsiktigt strategiarbete. Detta eftersom den inte beaktar omvärld och framtid. Denna kritik har på verksamhetsnivå besvarats genom anpassad information. Detta höjer frågan om informationen även på styrelsenivå anpassats, särskilt med tanke på styrelsens mer aktiva strategiska roll.

Syfte: Syftet med denna studie är att beskriva vilken typ av information som styrelser i svenska medelstora icke-börsnoterade aktiebolag erhåller. Detta för att undersöka om och hur den förändrade synen på information för strategisk styrning på verksamhetsnivå avspeglats i den typ av information som styrelser i svenska medelstora icke-börsnoterade aktiebolag erhåller. Vidare ämnar studien undersöka om styrelser i svenska medelstora icke-börsnoterade aktiebolag erhåller den information de behöver för att inneha en mer aktiv strategisk roll.

Metod: Denna studie har utgått från en deduktiv ansats där teori om bolagsstyrning, ekonomistyrning och information lyfts fram och utgjort en grund för studiens hypoteser. Studiens empiriska data baseras på en kvantitativ undersökning i form av en enkätundersökning som skickades ut till 1000 styrelseledamöter i svenska medelstora icke-börsnoterade aktiebolag.

Resultat: Resultatet av denna studie påvisade att styrelser främst erhåller information om strategiska planer men även till stor del traditionell prestationsrelaterad information. Studiens resultat har även påvisat förändringar i den information styrelser erhåller. Denna förändring tar form av en ökad mängd information som beaktar omvärld och framtid. Detta i enlighet med den förändring av information som skett på verksamhetsnivå. Utav detta dras slutsatsen att styrelser erhåller den information de behöver för att inneha en mer aktiv strategisk roll.

Abstract [en]

Background: In order for the Board of Directors to perform their functions it is essential that they receive relevant, accurate and timely information. From a traditional point of view it has been stated that boards mainly receive accounting based financial information. However, this type of information has been criticized because it is inadequate for long-term strategy. It is because it does not take an external and future-oriented perspective in consideration. The criticism has at operational level been answered by adjusted information. This raises the question if information at board level also has been adjusted, particularly in view of the Board of Directors more active strategic role.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to describe which type of information Board of Directors in Swedish medium-sized not-listed companies receives. This in order to examine if and how the change in management accounting have affected the information Board of directors in Swedish medium-sized not-listed companies receive. Furthermore the study intends to examine if Board of Directors receives the information they need in order to fulfill a more strategic role.

Method: This study was based on a deductive approach where theory about Corporate Governance, Management Accounting and information has been emphasized and formed the basis for the study’s hypotheses. The empirical data was based on a quantitative survey that was sent out to 1000 board members in Swedish medium-sized not-listed companies.

Conclusions: The result of this study demonstrated that Boards mainly receive information about strategic plans but also a large amount of traditional performance-related information. The study results also demonstrated changes in the information Boards receive. This change takes the form of an increased amount of information that considers an external and future-oriented perspective. This is in accordance with the change of information that occurred at operational level. Out of this, it is concluded that the boards receive the information they need to hold a more active strategic role.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 123 p.
Keyword [en]
Board of Directors, Management Accounting, Corporate Governance, Information
Keyword [sv]
Styrelsen, verksamhetsstyrning, strategisk information, bolagsstyrning, ekonomistyrning, information
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57675OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-57675DiVA: diva2:1040851
Subject / course
Business Administration - Accounting; Business Administration - Management Accounting
Educational program
Business Administration and Economics Programme, 240 credits; Business Administration and Economics Programme, 240 credits
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Available from: 2016-10-31 Created: 2016-10-29 Last updated: 2016-10-31Bibliographically approved

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