Introduction to management accounting in less developed countries

Alawattage, C., Hopper, T. and Wickramasinghe, D. (2007) Introduction to management accounting in less developed countries. Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change, 3(3), pp. 183-191. (doi:10.1108/18325910710820256)

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper seeks to introduce, summarise, and reflect on the key themes and findings raised by the seven papers selected for this special issue devoted to management accounting in less developed countries (LDCs).

Design/methodology/approach – The conclusions are drawn from desk research generally and the articles contained in this collection.

Findings – This paper finds that accounting research in LDCs needs to address issues of poverty reduction, corruption, community involvement, history, culture, and politics, and examine a wider spectrum of organisations ranging from households to non-governmental organisations.

Practical implications – Effective management accounting in LDCs may require broader, simpler, open and transparent, sometimes informal systems developed locally.

Originality/value – This paper presents a collection of mainly empirical papers on an important but neglected topic, namely how management accounting might aid economic development in poor countries.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wickramasinghe, Professor Danture
Authors: Alawattage, C., Hopper, T., and Wickramasinghe, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
ISSN:1832-5912

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