: Management accounting and control

| October 22, 2018

Management Accounting and Control

Coursework assignment: write a 2,500 word essay on the
following topic:

“The budget has historically played center stage
in most organizations’ systems of management control (Otley, 1994). However,
recently it has been the subject of considerable criticism (Hansen et al.,
2003). Budgeting has been deemed ‘broken’ (Jensen, 2001), ‘a thing of
the past’ (Gurton, 1999), or an ‘unnecessary evil’ (Wallander, 1999)”
(Libby & Lindsay, 2010: 56).


Critically assess the argumentsand the evidence
for the claim that organizations no longer need budgets.

You should consult academic journal articles for the coursework.Forget about the internet, other than
to seek academic references.

Plagiarism will be dealt with severely
(see your Handbook for details, and see the University guidelines as to what
constitutes plagiarism).


Remember to reference your sources
using an appropriate citation system, such as Harvard. Essays will lose marks for poor referencing style.

You are strongly
advised to proof read your essay in order to correct grammatical errors, incorrect
spelling, and poor sentence structuring. Seek help if you are unsure. There are
university resources to help students improve their grammatical skills. These
resources are available to both home and overseas students.Essays
will lose marks for poor grammatical style.

Do not use bullet points in your essay.

Do not make unsubstantiated assertions. Essays will lose marks if littered with unsubstantiated assertions.
If you are unsure about what an unsubstantiated assertion is, do some research
to find out about the issue, and, importantly, how to avoid making
unsubstantiated assertions.
Books &

Reading for management accounting and control is almost entirely
journal based.

The exceptions to this
are :

and Van der Stede (2007), Management Control Systems: performance
measurement, evaluation and incentives (2nd edition)Essential reading includes several chapters out of this
textbook. (A third edition of this textbook is now available.)
Otley and Merchant (1995), Accounting for Management Control, which although dated now still has few useful introductory
discussions about control and budgets; and two edited collections
two editions of Issues in Management Accounting, (Ashton, Hopper
and Scapens: Second Edition 1995), and (Hopper, Northcott and Scapens,
Third Edition 2007) from which we recommend particular chapters during the

Useful Websites
There are some websites that may provide you with
up-to-date and relevant background information for some of the topics
.accountancyage.com/” title=”blocked::http://www.accountancyage.com/”>www.accountancyage.com
Website of a gossipy freesheet available to qualified
accountants. Lots of Big 4 news – audit, regulation, etc.
.accountingweb.co.uk/” title=”blocked::http://www.accountingweb.co.uk/”>www.accountingweb.co.uk
Up-to-date news on accounting matters generally in the UK .
.cimaglobal.com/” title=”blocked::http://www.cimaglobal.com/”>www.cimaglobal.com
Website of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
– the most topical website for students of management accounting.
.accountancymag.co.uk/” title=”blocked::http://www.accountancymag.co.uk/”>www.accountancymag.co.uk
Covers lots of accounting issues but mainly concerned with
corporate/Big 4 news.

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