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A survey of management accounting practices in South Africa

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  • Nelson M. Waweru
  • Zahirul Hoque
  • Enrico Uliana

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This paper reports on a survey of management accounting practices in 52 South African firms. The survey was conducted in 2001 between January and April. The changes that have taken place in the field of management accounting and the factors that may have prompted management accounting change are also documented. Our findings indicate an increased use of most of the management accounting practices advocated in management accounting literature, in the sampled firms. Modern management accounting techniques such as activity based costing and balanced scorecard type performance measures are used together with the traditional management techniques such as budgeting and standard costing. Further, our survey revealed a significant change occurring in management accounting practices in South Africa in recent years. Such a change is mainly attributed to the opening up of the South African economy in the early 1990s.

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  • Nelson M. Waweru & Zahirul Hoque & Enrico Uliana, 2005. "A survey of management accounting practices in South Africa," International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 2(3), pages 226-263.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijaape:v:2:y:2005:i:3:p:226-263
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