An exploratory study on the emergence of management control systems: formalizing human resources in small growing firms

Davila, Tony (2005) An exploratory study on the emergence of management control systems: formalizing human resources in small growing firms. An exploratory study on the emergence of management control systems: formalizing human resources in small growing firms, 30 . pp. 223-248.

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The adoption of management control systems (MCS) is a key element in managing the tension that growth imposes on young growing firms. Despite its importance to a large number of organizations, only recently has the empirical literature devoted attention to the evolution of these systems over the lifecycle of firms [Moores and Yuen, Account. Organizat. Soc. 26 (2001) 351]. This paper builds upon existing management control theory, mostly focused on established organizations, and existing predictions based on extended field observations to explore how these systems are adopted within growing firms. To advance theory, the paper also draws from the entrepreneurship and life cycle literatures. It identifies several variables as drivers of the emergence of management control systems including the size of the organization, its age, the replacement of the founder as CEO, and the existence of outside investors. The empirical evidence, from a database on the adoption of human resource management systems, is consistent with these variables being associated with the adoption of MCS. The paper also provides initial results on how the emergence of various types of management control systems depends on which systems the organization has already adopted. 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions:Postgraduate Program > Doctor Program in Economics
ID Code:5070
Deposited By:Mr. Doktor Ilmu Ekonomi Admin
Deposited On:22 Jan 2010 09:42
Last Modified:22 Jan 2010 09:46

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