Perceptions of preparers and users to accounting change: a case study in an Australian university

Nazmi Sae'b Jarrar (School of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia)
Malcolm Smith (School of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia)
Colin Dolley (School of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia)

Managerial Auditing Journal

ISSN: 0268-6902

Publication date: 1 January 2007

Abstract

Purpose

To examine the likelihood of successfully implementing activity‐based costing (ABC) in a university setting.

Design/methodology/approach

A case‐based method is adopted, through the survey of participants in one ABC implementation.

Findings

A positive association was identified between successful implementation and the involvement and support of senior management, though perceptions were found to vary according to the precise role of participants in the implementation process.

Research limitations/implications

The data relate to a single Australian university, so that the findings are not necessarily generalisable elsewhere.

Practical implications

The alignment of the ABC system with the university's competitive strategy, continuous improvement programs and organisational culture, is important to a successful implementation.

Originality/value

The study compares the perceptions of users and preparers to the implementation process and identifies significant differences between the two groups.

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Citation

Sae'b Jarrar, N., Smith, M. and Dolley, C. (2007), "Perceptions of preparers and users to accounting change: a case study in an Australian university", Managerial Auditing Journal, Vol. 22 No. 1, pp. 80-94. https://doi.org/10.1108/02686900710715657

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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