How change begets change

Organizations are frequently confronted with environmental shifts and change. In our recent publication (Toldbod and Van der Kolk, forthcoming in the European Accounting Review), we examine how environmental shifts can trigger cascades of management control changes, how this creates incoherence, and how managers can use the incoherence to stimulate organizational dialogue.

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Teaching case autonomous vehicles

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Which moral choices does an autonomous car face? And what are the strategic implications for companies that offer products relying on artificial intelligence? My colleague Maya Kumar and I recently published a teaching case at IVEY Publishing about the Audi A8: The world’s first level 3 autonomous vehicle, addressing these and other questions.  Continue reading

Control combinations, organizational values and tensions

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What are the combined effects of different management tools on individuals in an organization? This week, our study addressing this question was published in the academic journal Management Accounting Research. Continue reading

Note on motivating civil servants

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The journal Public Money & Management (PMM) has both an academic and a practitioner readership, and called for contributions to a special issue about developing civil servants. A brief note on motivating civil servants that I submitted was published online this week.

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Writing for Follow The Money

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In an effort to not become an “ivory tower academic“, I accepted the invitation from Follow The Money (a Dutch platform for investigative journalism) to start writing some brief articles. In these articles, I focus on issues related to management, accounting, behavior and ethics, and try to communicate research findings from the fields of management, accounting and business ethics to a wider audience.

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