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Perspectives on non-financial indicators as a strategic management accounting tool:A French inquiry

Evelyne Poincelot () and Gregory Wegmann ()

Working Papers CREGO from Université de Bourgogne - CREGO EA7317 Centre de recherches en gestion des organisations

Abstract: In this article, we present the evolution of management accounting and the strategic management accounting (SMA) concept. The balanced scorecard (BSC), a SMA tool, is quite famous in European countries. Its principle objective is to articulate planning decisions with control ones thanks to non-financial indicators. Contractual theories constitute the foundations of this tool. But in Northern Europe, some specific BSC are designed in the framework of knowledge-based theories.We describe here the results of an inquiry conducted in France. Its aims are mainly to test the usefulness of non-financial indicators in driving a firm’s objectives and the link between the use of non-financial indicators and the performance. We demonstrate that the French managers associate non-financial indicators with strategic objectives. But we also conclude that they believe that there is no direct link between the use of non-financial metrics and the performance.

Keywords: Management accounting; Strategic management accounting; Balanced Scorecard; Non-financial indicators; Contractual and knowledge-based theories; Survey questionnaire. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M10 M40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-acc, nep-fmk and nep-his
Date: 2006-09
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