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Value creation logics and the choice of management control systems

Norman T. Sheehan (Department of Accounting at the University of Saskatchewan)
Ganesh Vaidyanathan (Department of Accounting at the University of Saskatchewan)
Suresh Kalagnanam (Department of Accounting at the University of Saskatchewan)

Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management

ISSN: 1176-6093

Article publication date: 1 January 2005

Abstract

Most, if not all, management control tools were formulated for firms employing an industrial value creation logic (i.e., Ford, McDonald’s, and Wal‐Mart). We argue that given the growth, both in number and importance, of firms employing a knowledge value creation logic (i.e., Accenture, Goldman Sachs, and Clifford Chance) and firms employing a network logic (i.e., Verizon, eBay, and Expedia) that these control tools should be revisited in light of this potentially critical contingency. This paper outlines the key characteristics of knowledge intensive firms and network service firms and then examines how these contingencies impact Simons’ (1995) Levers of Control and Kaplan and Norton’s (1996) Balanced Scorecard. We find that whilst each lever/perspective is still relevant for each value creation logic, the relative importance and thus intensity of use should vary between logics.

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Sheehan, N.T., Vaidyanathan, G. and Kalagnanam, S. (2005), "Value creation logics and the choice of management control systems", Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 1-28. https://doi.org/10.1108/11766090510635361

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