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The impact of management control systems on organisational change and performance in the public sector: The role of organisational dynamic capabilities

Nuraddeen Abubakar Nuhu (Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)
Kevin Baird (Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)
Ranjith Appuhami (Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)

Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change

ISSN: 1832-5912

Article publication date: 2 October 2019

Issue publication date: 22 October 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the role of organisational dynamic capabilities (strategic flexibility and employee empowerment) in mediating the relationship between management control systems (MCSs), in particular the interactive and diagnostic approaches to using controls, with organisational change and performance.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected based on a mail survey of public sector organisations in Australia and analysed using structural equation modelling (SEM).

Findings

The findings indicate that strategic flexibility and employee empowerment mediate the association between the interactive approach to MCSs with organisational performance, and strategic flexibility mediates the relationship between the interactive approach to MCSs with organisational change.

Practical implications

The study’s findings inform public sector practitioners as to how to enact change within and enhance the performance of public sector organisations. Specifically, managers are advised to focus on the use of interactive controls and the development of two dynamic organisational capabilities, strategic flexibility and employee empowerment.

Originality/value

The study provides an initial empirical insight into the relation between controls and dynamic capabilities and their role in enacting change and performance within the public sector. The findings suggest that the achievement of new public management ideals is reliant upon the organisational environment, with change and performance facilitated by the interactive use of controls and strategic flexibility and employee empowerment.

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Citation

Nuhu, N.A., Baird, K. and Appuhami, R. (2019), "The impact of management control systems on organisational change and performance in the public sector: The role of organisational dynamic capabilities", Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 473-495. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAOC-08-2018-0084

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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