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In a collection of papers such as this, which refers to financial control both in the title and in the heading for this introductory essay, it would seem appropriate to begin by defining how the author views the meaning of the expression. Definitions are always problematic, since they at once...
The role of budgets in organisations has received much attention from accounting theorists over the 20 years since Stedry's experiments on budgetsetting. In that time there has been a difference of emphasis between theorists in the United States, who have concentrated on the relation of the...
In the previous paper control was considered as a process at the level of the individual and the group. In this paper, it is intended to broaden the approach to control to consider the control of the total organisation within its environment. This is done by considering the financial control...
As has been pointed out throughout this edition the whole concept of financial control in the literature has been treated in rather a narrow, confused way. The purpose of this present article is not to repeat these arguments but rather to highlight a major omission in the literature and this...
This paper considers the financial control systems FCS used by four multiple outlet retailers. The FCS of the four organisations are compared and considered in the light of task complexity, environmental pressure and management aspirations for profit growth. The data were collected by means of...
It may be well argued that in modern industrial society bureaucratic organisations are the predominant means of marshalling society's resources in order to produce desired goods and services. Because bureaucracies influence the creation and distribution of scarce wealth and resources, one must...
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