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

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  • Evelyne Poincelot

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  • Grégory Wegmann

    () (Université de Bourgogne)

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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.

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  • Evelyne Poincelot & Grégory Wegmann, 2006. "Perspectives on non-financial indicators as a strategic management accounting tool:A French inquiry," Working Papers CREGO 1060905, Université de Bourgogne - CREGO EA7317 Centre de recherches en gestion des organisations.
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    Keywords

    Management accounting; Strategic management accounting; Balanced Scorecard; Non-financial indicators; Contractual and knowledge-based theories; Survey questionnaire.;

    JEL classification:

    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • M40 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - General

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