The dynamism of pre-decision controls in the appraisal of strategic investments
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In this study we examine the dynamism of pre-decision controls in the appraisal of strategic investments, an area largely overlooked by the literature, even though it is of the utmost importance to understand the mechanisms companies use to ensure their optimal capital investments. More specifically, we investigate how changes in companies’ economic, strategic, and organisational conditions relate to an increased emphasis on pre-decision controls such as policies, procedures, and routines. The empirical data is based on 108 interviews from among the 150 largest Finnish manufacturing companies. The paper contributes to the scarce capital budgeting literature by extending the discussion of the adaptations of pre-decision controls to external and internal environmental changes. We add to the literature by showing that changes in management may play a decisive role in control adaptations. Furthermore, we provide strong support to maintain that increased financial pressure can be related to the tightened use of controls.
|Journal||British Accounting Review|
|Early online date||1 Jan 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2018|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
- Capital budgeting, Generalised linear model, Management accounting change, Pre-decision control, Strategic investment