Remote working, management control changes & employee responses

How did remote working impact management control practices during the COVID crisis, and how did employees respond to these changes? Gianluca Delfino & I address these questions in a recently published paper in Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, drawing on a field study of Italian professional service firms (PSFs). Below, the context of the study and some key findings are highlighted.

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Do experience and gender impact auditors’ moral awareness?

An auditor’s signature signals to key stakeholders whether a firm’s financial information is to be trusted or not. Their ability to recognize inconsistencies and ethical issues is of paramount importance in this process. But what impacts their ability to identify ethical issues? The study in which we address this question was recently accepted for publication in Managerial Auditing Journal, and below we present our key findings.

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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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