Advances in Management Accounting

ISBN: 978-1-78560-972-5, eISBN: 978-1-78560-971-8

ISSN: 1474-7871

Publication date: 23 November 2016


(2016), "Prelims", Epstein, M.J. and Malina, M.A. (Ed.) Advances in Management Accounting (Advances in Management Accounting, Vol. 27), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. i-xvii.



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List of Contributors

Hank C. Alewine College of Business Administration, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, USA
Ozat Baiserkeyev Management Systems Affiliate, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Sylvie Berthelot Faculté d’administration, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Dariusz Brzezinski Management Systems Affiliate, Warszawa, Poland
Jennifer C. Coats College of Business, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA
Antonia Dimitrova Management Systems Affiliate, Sofia, Bulgaria
Du Feng Management Systems Affiliate, Hangzhou, China
Eric G. Flamholtz Management Systems Consulting, Los Angeles, CA, USA
James Jianxin Gong Department of Accounting, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, USA
Ivailo Iliev Management Systems Affiliate, Sofia, Bulgaria
Raef Lawson Institute of Management Accountants, Montvale, NJ, USA
Timothy C. Miller Department of Accountancy, Williams College of Business, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Fernanda Milman Management Systems Affiliate, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Janet Morrill I. H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Frederick W. Rankin College of Business, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA
Pawel Rudnik Management Systems Affiliate, Warszawa, Poland
Basil P. Tucker School of Commerce, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
S. Mark Young Leventhal School of Accounting, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Editorial Board

  • Shannon W. Anderson

    University of California Davis, USA

  • Jacob G. Birnberg

    University of Pittsburgh, USA

  • Jan Bouwens

    University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Adriana Rejc Buhovac

    University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • Clara X. Chen

    University of Illinois, USA

  • Donald K. Clancy

    Texas Tech University, USA

  • Srikant M. Datar

    Harvard University, USA

  • Antonio Dávila

    University of Navarra, Spain

  • Nabil S. Elias

    University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA

  • K. J. Euske

    Naval Postgraduate School, USA

  • Eric G. Flamholtz

    University of California, Los Angeles, USA

  • George J. Foster

    Stanford University, USA

  • Dipankar Ghosh

    University of Oklahoma, USA

  • Frank G. H. Hartmann

    Erasmus University, The Netherlands

  • James W. Hesford

    Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Robert Hutchinson

    Michigan Tech University, USA

  • Larry N. Killough

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute, USA

  • Leslie Kren

    University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA

  • Raef Lawson

    Institute of Management Accountants, USA

  • Anne M. Lillis

    University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Raj Mashruwala

    University of Calgary, Canada

  • Ella Mae Matsumura

    University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

  • Neale O’Connor

    University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

  • Sean A Peffer

    University of Kentucky, USA

  • Mina Pizzini

    Texas State University, USA

  • Frederick W. Rankin

    Colorado State University, USA

  • Karen L. Sedatole

    Michigan State University, USA

  • Lourdes F. White

    University of Baltimore, USA

  • Sally K. Widener

    Clemson University, USA

  • Marc Wouters

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

AIMA Statement of Purpose

Advances in Management Accounting (AIMA) is a publication of quality applied research in management accounting. The journal’s purpose is to publish thought-provoking articles that advance knowledge in the management accounting discipline and are of interest to both academics and practitioners. The journal seeks thoughtful, well-developed articles on a variety of current topics in management accounting, broadly defined. All research methods including survey research, field tests, corporate case studies, experiments, meta-analyses, and modeling are welcome. Some speculative articles, research notes, critiques, and survey pieces will be included where appropriate.

Articles may range from purely empirical to purely theoretical, from practice-based applications to speculation on the development of new techniques and frameworks. Empirical articles must present sound research designs and well-explained execution. Theoretical arguments must present reasonable assumptions and logical development of ideas. All articles should include well-defined problems, concise presentations, and succinct conclusions that follow logically from the data.

Review Procedures

AIMA intends to provide authors with timely reviews clearly indicating the acceptance status of their manuscripts. The results of initial reviews normally will be reported to authors within eight weeks from the date the manuscript is received. The author will be expected to work with the Editor, who will act as a liaison between the author and the reviewers to resolve areas of concern. To ensure publication, it is the author’s responsibility to make necessary revisions in a timely and satisfactory manner.

Manuscript Form Guidelines

  1. Manuscripts should include a cover page that indicates the author’s name and affiliation.

  2. Manuscripts should include a separate lead page with a structured abstract (not to exceed 250 words) set out under four to seven sub-headings; purpose, design/methodology/approach, findings, research limitations/implications (if applicable), practical implications (if applicable), social implications(if applicable), and originality/value. Keywords should also be included. The author’s name and affiliation should not appear on the abstract.

  3. Tables, figures, and exhibits should appear on a separate page. Each should be numbered and have a title.

  4. In order to be assured of anonymous reviews, authors should not identify themselves directly or indirectly.

  5. Manuscripts currently under review by other publications should not be submitted.

  6. Authors should e-mail the manuscript in two WORD files to either of the editors. The first attachment should include the cover page and the second should exclude the cover page.

  7. Inquiries concerning Advances in Management Accounting should be directed to either of the following editors:

Marc J. Epstein

Mary A. Malina


This volume of Advances in Management Accounting (AIMA) represents the diversity of management accounting topics, methods, and author affiliation that form the basic tenets of AIMA. Included are papers on traditional management accounting topics such as management control systems and performance measurement, as well as articles on broader topics of interest to management accountants such as decision rights and the gap between research and practice. The papers in this volume utilize a wide-variety of methods including archival data analysis, survey, experiment, and a thought piece. Finally, the diversity in authorship is apparent with affiliations from Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Kazakhstan, Poland, and the United States.

This volume begins with an archival study by Gong and Young that investigates the use of performance indicators in managing revenues in the motion picture industry. Research on the relevance of financial versus nonfinancial performance measures for decision making continues to be among mainstream debates in the management accounting literature. This study provides empirical evidence on the effect of opening box office revenue and peak rankings on the overall life cycle and video sales of motion pictures. While prior management accounting studies focus on product life cycle costing in manufacturing contexts, this is the first accounting study that directly assesses life cycle revenues in one of the creative industries.

The next paper by Coats and Rankin explores delegation of decision rights by designing an experiment to explore the superior’s choice between delegation and information elicitation. This novel experiment identifies systematic ways in which behavior deviates from economic theory. Their findings suggest that in addition to economic incentives, delegation creates strong behavioral motivation to gather information. Hence, at least in some cases, economic theory understates the positive effects of delegation on the subordinates’ incentives to gather decision-relevant information.

At the third AIMA World Conference on Management Accounting Research in May 2016, Eric Flamholtz presented a provocative plenary session. The third paper by Flamholtz et al. is the product of that plenary session. The paper proposes a revised paradigm for management accounting that serves as a catalyst for academics as well as practitioners to rethink and broaden the current paradigm of management accounting in order to be more relevant and useful. It describes several global applications of the proposed revised frameworks, methodologies, and tools presented as potential add-ons to management accounting. This paper is sure to challenge conventional thinking about management accounting.

The fourth paper by Alewine and Miller uses an experiment to study how to integrate environmental performance measures in the balanced scorecard framework. It addresses a relevant topic of measuring environmental performance from a management accounting perspective (as opposed to external reporting of environmental results), and focuses on particularly challenging questions regarding balanced scorecard presentation format and reputation effects. The study finds when positive past environmental performances exist, entities may choose to group environmental performance measures together in a fifth scorecard perspective without risking those measures receiving the discounted decision weight indicated in prior studies.

Tucker and Lawson compare and contrast practice-based perceptions of the research-practice gap in the United States with those in Australia. The authors use a survey and follow-up interviews to explore how practicing managerial accountants perceive the relevance of academic research. Results indicate the extent to which academic research informs practice is perceived to be limited, despite the potential for academic research findings to make a significant contribution to management accounting practice. Rather than following conventional approaches to ‘bridging the gap’ by identifying barriers to the adoption of research, the authors suggest that only after academics have adequate incentives to speak to practice can barriers to a more effective diffusion of their research findings be overcome.

The final paper by Berthelot and Morrill uses a survey to investigate drivers of management control systems adoption in the context of Canadian Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). While the impact of organization and strategy on management control system adoption has been extensively studied within larger organizations, relatively few studies have been conducted on control systems in SMEs. They find that the presence of a professional accountant, which is a constraint unique to SMEs given their limited resources, is strongly associated with the adoption of management control systems and was a significant explanatory variable more often than either size or strategy.

We believe the six papers in this volume represent relevant, theoretically sound, and practical studies that can greatly benefit the management accounting discipline. They manifest our commitment to providing a high level of contribution to management accounting research and practice.

Marc J. Epstein

Mary A. Malina