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On the Relations Between Management Accounting Systems and Intellectual Capital. Evidence for Portuguese Companies

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  • Jorge Casas Novas

    () (CEFAGE-UE, Departamento de Gestão, Universidade de Évora, Portugal)

  • António Sousa

    () (CEFAGE-UE, Departamento de Gestão, Universidade de Évora, Portugal)

  • Maria do Céu Alves

    () (NECE, Departamento de Gestão e Economia, Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal)

Abstract

The present study is focused on the contribution of management accounting systems (MAS) in the development of intellectual capital (IC). Based on empirical evidence that supports the proposition that the value creation process is strongly associated to the level of IC, the study also examines the mediating effect of MAS on performance through their positive direct effect on IC. These relationships were consolidated into a model and empirically tested with data from 281 Portuguese firms using the Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). The findings show that six out of nine hypothesized relationships were supported by data with positive and significant causal links between MAS and the human and structural dimensions of IC. Results also confirmed the conceptual validity of the inner circular model for the interactions among the three IC dimensions. Finally, results showed a positive and significant direct effect of structural capital on performance. Overall, the results confirmed the validity of the proposed conceptual model and contributed to the literature on the role of MAS in supporting the development of the IC.

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  • Jorge Casas Novas & António Sousa & Maria do Céu Alves, 2012. "On the Relations Between Management Accounting Systems and Intellectual Capital. Evidence for Portuguese Companies," CEFAGE-UE Working Papers 2012_13, University of Evora, CEFAGE-UE (Portugal).
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    1. David Han-Min Wang & Quang Linh Huynh, 2013. "Mediating Role of Knowledge Management in Effect of Management Accounting Practices on Firm Performance," Journal of Knowledge Management, Economics and Information Technology, ScientificPapers.org, vol. 3(3), pages 1-10, June.

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    Keywords

    Management accounting systems; knowledge production; intellectual capital; performance.;

    JEL classification:

    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • M19 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Other
    • M49 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Other

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