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Exploring efficiency's dominance: the wholeness of the process

Exploring efficiency's dominance: the wholeness of the process Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to utilise Williams' writings on hegemony in order to examine why and how in the last 25 years efficiency has come to dominate the public sector and to explore the consequences of this development. Design/methodology/approach – The paper employs a literature‐based analysis and critique. Findings – Williams' model is able to explain why and how the public sector has become preoccupied with a selective version of efficiency, the significant role played by accounting, and the cultural clashes encountered in the public sector. Research limitations/implications – Williams' model could be used in a variety of settings for a variety of purposes. Originality/value – Williams' writings are new to the accounting literature. The paper is novel also in that it uses Williams' writings to explain efficiency's dominance. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management Emerald Publishing

Exploring efficiency's dominance: the wholeness of the process

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1176-6093
DOI
10.1108/11766091011050831
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to utilise Williams' writings on hegemony in order to examine why and how in the last 25 years efficiency has come to dominate the public sector and to explore the consequences of this development. Design/methodology/approach – The paper employs a literature‐based analysis and critique. Findings – Williams' model is able to explain why and how the public sector has become preoccupied with a selective version of efficiency, the significant role played by accounting, and the cultural clashes encountered in the public sector. Research limitations/implications – Williams' model could be used in a variety of settings for a variety of purposes. Originality/value – Williams' writings are new to the accounting literature. The paper is novel also in that it uses Williams' writings to explain efficiency's dominance.

Journal

Qualitative Research in Accounting & ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 22, 2010

Keywords: Process efficiency; Public sector organizations; Economic theory; Accounting

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