Management accounting systems and economic sustainability: a qualitative inquiry of SMEs in Pakistan
Article publication date: 20 January 2023
This qualitative inquiry sheds light on using management accounting systems to address economic sustainability concerns in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of Pakistan. Building on the dynamic capabilities (DC) theory, this research endeavors to address the recent calls on management accounting and economic sustainability in the context of SMEs.
Qualitative research design was adopted in which 13 semistructured interviews were conducted with SME owners of Pakistan. The transcribed interviews were coded and thematic analysis was performed via NVIVO-12 to generate themes.
Based on the DC theory, the findings revealed that SME owners in Pakistan use management accounting systems to ensure economic sustainability. The authors found that DC are a co-created phenomenon and refer to them as collective DC. Furthermore, the authors found the theme of accounting literacy which played a critical role in the exhibition of DC in a collective manner.
This is one of the earliest studies on management accounting systems that examine economic sustainability in Pakistani SMEs. This research provides novel insights into the use of management accounting systems in Pakistan from the perspective of DC. In Pakistani SMEs, dynamic capacities are co-created and contingent on accounting literacy.
Latif, S., Izani Mohd Salleh, S., Abd. Ghani, M. and Ahmad, B. (2023), "Management accounting systems and economic sustainability: a qualitative inquiry of SMEs in Pakistan", Asian Review of Accounting, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ARA-05-2022-0123
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