Advances in Management Accounting

ISBN: 978-1-78714-530-6, eISBN: 978-1-78714-529-0

ISSN: 1474-7871

Publication date: 3 July 2017


(2017), "Prelims", Advances in Management Accounting (Advances in Management Accounting, Vol. 28), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. i-xvi.



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Volumes 1–25: Marc J. Epstein and John Y. Lee

Volumes 26 and 27: Marc J. Epstein and Mary A. Malina

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Mary A. Malina

University of Colorado Denver, USA

United Kingdom – North America – Japan – India – Malaysia – China

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List of Contributors

Mohamed E. Bayou College of Business, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, MI, USA
Eric Cauvin Université Nice Sophia (UNS), Nice, France; Kedge Business School, Marseilles, France
Emer Curtis Discipline of Accountancy & Finance, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland
Michael M. Grayson Murray Koppelman School of Business, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York
Natalie Kyung Won Kim Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Anne M. Lillis Fitzgerald Chair of Accounting, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Ella Mae Matsumura University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA
Kenneth A. Merchant Deloitte & Touche LLP Chair of Accountancy, Leventhal School of Accountancy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Bruce R. Neumann The Business School, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado
Alan Reinstein George R. Husband Professor of Accounting, Mike Ilitch School of Business, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Michael L. Roberts The Business School, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado
Martin Schmidt Department of Financial Reporting and Audit, ESCP Europe Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Kelly M. Soderstrom School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Naomi S. Soderstrom Accounting Department, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Christopher R. Stewart Accounting Department, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Breda Sweeney Discipline of Accountancy & Finance, J. E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland
Lourdes Ferreira White Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, USA
Paul F. Williams Poole College of Management, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

Editorial Board

  • Christopher Akroyd

    Oregon State University, USA

  • 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

  • Laurie Burney

    Baylor University, USA

  • Clara X. Chen

    University of Illinois, USA

  • Donald K. Clancy

    Texas Tech 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

    University of Lethbridge, Canada

  • 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

  • Lasse Mertins

    Johns Hopkins University, USA

  • Sean A. Peffer

    University of Kentucky, USA

  • Mina Pizzini

    Texas State University, USA

  • Arthur Posch

    Vienna University, Austria

  • 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

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, 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 the editor. 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:

Mary A. Malina


This volume of Advances in Management Accounting (AIMA) represents the diversity of management accounting topics, methods and author affiliation which 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 corporate social responsibility, sunk costs and the integration of financial and management accounting policies. The papers in this volume utilize a wide-variety of methods, including archival data analysis, literature reviews, experiments, and framework development. Finally, the diversity in authorship is apparent with affiliations from Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Republic of Korea, and the United States.

This volume begins with a paper developing a framework integrating topics in the ethics and management control literatures. At the 3rd AIMA World Conference on Management Accounting Research in May 2016, Kenneth Merchant presented a compelling session on this topic. The paper by Merchant and White is the product of that plenary session. The article brings to light the many topics where ethics and management control converge. By linking these topics, organizations can provide a framework to promote behavior that both contributes to the achievement of the organization’s objectives and also follows ethical principles. This is clearly a fruitful area for research and for integration in the classroom.

The next two papers explore the topic of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and how we, as management accounting researchers, can leverage our expertise to advance knowledge in CSR/sustainability. Ella Mae Matsumura presented a plenary session at the 3rd AIMA World Conference on Management Accounting Research. The paper by Kim and Matsumura is the product of that plenary session. Kim and Matsumura build a framework for analyzing CSR issues and Soderstrom, Soderstrom and Stewart conduct a literature review linked to the framework proposed in Kim and Matsumura. Both papers identify numerous research opportunities available for those interested in the intersection of management accounting and CSR/sustainability.

The fourth paper in the volume revisits Simons’ Levers of Control (LoC) framework. Curtis, Lillis, and Sweeney draw researchers back to the conceptual underpinnings of the LoC framework in order to advance the development of management control theory. The authors focus on the way the LoC have been operationalized in practice, the separate trajectories of the qualitative and quantitative literatures which often do not “speak” to each other and the potential to build a more coherent literature by drawing attention back to the conceptual core of the framework.

Reinstein, Bayou, Williams, and Grayson provide a summary of various literatures dealing with the age-old issue of sunk costs. The paper presents the impasse or conflict that exists between accounting/economic theories that sunk costs ought not to be brought into incremental decision-making and what actually happens in practice as reported in the organizational behavior literature. The authors bring together the various literatures in a coherent way so as to provide guidance to future research and practice.

The sixth paper by Schmidt examines the effects of various aspects of firm complexity on the alignment between firms’ financial and management accounting systems. The author tackles the difficult issue of understanding some firm-level determinants of integrated financial and management accounting systems. This is an interesting topic and the author utilizes a novel approach based on reported financial information to examine this issue.

The final paper by Roberts, Neumann, and Cauvin investigates the potential characteristics, causes and boundaries of the financial measures bias. The authors develop a theoretical model to explore evaluators’ choice and use of the most important performance measurement criterion among financial and non-financial measures. They run an experiment to provide direct evidence of participants’ experience and attitudes about the relative accounting qualities of financial and non-financial measures and links them to their choice of the most important performance measures.

The seven papers in Volume 28 represent relevant, theoretically sound, and practical studies that can greatly benefit the management accounting discipline. They manifest the journal’s commitment to providing a high level of contribution to management accounting research and practice.

Mary A. Malina