Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE credits
Problem: How is management accounting change understood via the duality perspective in the field of alternative management accounting research?
Purpose: The purpose of this essay is to develop a tool for analysis aspiring to provide understanding for how differences and similarities with regards to the duality perspective may have different consequences for understanding management accounting change.
Contribution: This paper aspires towards a theoretical contribution through an in-depth review of existing conceptual literature. This is done to gain clarity in definitions and uses of concepts, with related terms, referring or relating to duality. Through clarifying different meanings of duality, consequences for how to understand management accounting change, and the different approaches to using a duality perspective, the tool for analysis which is developed in this essay aims to contribute to a movement of alternative management accounting research towards increased comparability as well as increased insight into how management accounting change is currently understood through this type of research.
Method: Literature reviews based on Booth et al.s SALSA-framework. Creation of a tool for analysis for usage when reviewing material based on a duality perspective.
Conclusions: The duality perspective differs, and affects understanding of management accounting change, in accordance with the following five themes:
Theme 1: The duality perspective is affected by differences in the use of definitions/descrptions.
Theme 2: The duality perspective is affected by different purposes of the agent and different credit given to the agents power/ability to alter change.
Theme 3: The content of the duality perspective is affected by the existence and purpose off being inspired by different theoretical approaches.
Theme 4: The duality perspective affects the idea and understanding of the form and expression/process of management accounting.
Theme 5: Different duality perspectives have the ability to lead science against increased pluralism and/or synthesis
In order to increase understanding for and comparability between scientific contributions through a duality perspective there is to some extent a need for more and better definitions and a more problematizing when combining theoretical approaches. This is something the tool for analysis which is developed in this essay can contribute to by shedding light on aspects that are similar/different between duality perspectives as well as those aspects that are sufficiently/less sufficiently described/explained. Thereby it provides a basis for further discussion and analysis.
2014. , 63 p.