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Budget participation and informational asymmetry: a study in a multinational company

  • Carlos Eduardo Facin Lavarda

    (Universidade Regional de Blumenau – FURB)

  • Dalci Mendes Almeida


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    .The objective of this study is to verify the influence of budgetary participation on the reduction of information asymmetry in the budget process in a multinational company, having taken for granted that the participatory budget minimizes information asymmetry. Therefore, descriptive research was carried out, in the form of a case study and qualitative type, through interviews and direct observation. The study was applied in a business unit of a multinational company that has the consolidated budget practice. The results of the research show that the company has a participatory budget, for all sectors and managers are directly involved in its preparation. Moreover, several meetings are held to discuss and define the budget targets. However, in this study this condition did not minimize information asymmetry, as most responses focused on a single item, indicating that the sub-manager/subordinate has more information than his superior.

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    Article provided by Fucape Business School in its journal Brazilian Business Review.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 72-94

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    Handle: RePEc:bbz:fcpbbr:v:10:y:2013:i:2:p:72-94
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