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Controller: En yrkesroll i utveckling
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.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Bakgrund: Controller är ett yrke som kom till Sverige på 1970-talet och det har sedan dess varit svårt att hitta en generell definition på vad en controllers huvudsakliga arbetsuppgifter är. Undersökningar med controllers har visat att yrket är i ständig utveckling. Litteratur inom området hävdar att en controller bör vara utbildad inom ekonomi och generellt sett arbeta med ekonomistyrning. Arbetsuppgifterna som controllers har varierar dock stort och problemet är att företag idag använder titeln controller som en fin titel och för att kunna forma rollen själva då den är så pass svårdefinierad.

Syfte: Uppsatsens syfte är att definiera den typiska controllerns bakgrund samt dennes främsta arbetsuppgifter. Uppsatsen syftar även till att skapa förståelse för hur utvecklingen har sett ut inom yrket hittills samt skapa en bild av vilka arbetsområden controllers tror kommer kräva mer av deras tid i framtiden.

Metod: För att uppfylla uppsatsens syfte har en kvantitativ studie gjorts där insamling av data har gjorts via en enkät. Vidare har en abduktiv forskningsansats använts samt ett hermeneutiskt synsätt. Enkäten skickades till cirka 70 olika organisationer i Sverige och totalt medverkade 148 respondenter.

Slutsats: I slutsatsen framkom det att en controller idag oftast har någon form av ekonomisk bakgrund och att deras främsta arbetsuppgifter har utvecklats mot en mer klassisk controllers arbetsuppgifter. Respondenterna tror att arbetsområden som kommer ta mer av deras tid i framtiden är sådana som kan kopplas till den klassiska controllerrollen. I undersökningen framgick att en controller gör väldigt många olika saker och vi, precis som många innan, kom fram till att yrkesrollen är svårdefinierad.  

Abstract [en]

Background: The Controller is a profession which came to Sweden in the 1970s and it has since then been difficult to find a general definition of what the main duties of a controller are. Studies about controllers have shown that the profession is in constant development. Literature in the field claim that a controller should be trained in economics and generally work with financial management. The tasks of controllers vary greatly and the problem is that companies today are using the title controller as a exclusive title and to be able to shape the role themselves since it is so difficult to define.

Objective: The purpose of this study is to define the typical controller's background and his or her primary duties. The paper also aims to create an understanding of how the profession has developed to date and to see which duties the controllers belive will occupy more of their time in the future.

Method: To meet the purpose of the paper a quantitative study were performed where data collection has been done through a survey. The survey was sent to approximately 70 different organizations in Sweden and involved a total of 148 respondents.

Conclusion: This study shows that a controller today usually have some sort of financial background and that their primary duties have evolved towards the duties of a classical controller. Respondents believe that the duties that will take more of their time in the future are those that can be linked to the classic controller role. The study revealed that a controller does many different things, and we, like many before, concluded that the professional role is hard to define.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
Keyword [en]
Controller, controller role, financial management, development
Keyword [sv]
Controller, controllerrollen, ekonomistyrning, utveckling
National Category
Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-35937OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-35937DiVA, id: diva2:732378
Subject / course
Business Administration - Management Accounting
Educational program
Business Administration and Economics Programme, specialization in Accounting and Management Control, 180 credits
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Available from: 2014-07-04 Created: 2014-07-03 Last updated: 2014-07-04Bibliographically approved

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