Honesty in budgeting: a review of morality and control aspects in the budgetary slack literature

Honesty in budgeting: a review of morality and control aspects in the budgetary slack literature J Manag Control https://doi.org/10.1007/s00187-018-0267-z ORIGINAL PAPER Honesty in budgeting: a review of morality and control aspects in the budgetary slack literature 1 2 Christian Daumoser · Bernhard Hirsch · Matthias Sohn © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Budgetary slack is a heavily researched topic in the field of management accounting, but the heterogeneous nature of prior research blurs our understanding of this important topic. In this paper, we provide a structured overview of research on bud- getary slack published in top-tier accounting and business ethics journals and reach the following conclusions: Participative budgeting can create or reduce budgetary slack. Less slack is created under truth-inducing pay schemes compared to slack-inducing schemes. Additionally, slack creation is affected by budget users’ risk attitudes and information asymmetry. Information asymmetry increases budgetary slack, but that effect is influenced by multiple factors, including budgetary participation and infor- mation systems. Fairness and reputation concerns decrease budgetary slack, but ethics concerns do not. Finally, the analysis revealed that social norms decrease slack and peer influence moderates the effect. We show that research in this field focuses mainly on psychological perspectives to analyse individuals’ budget-related behaviour. Exper- imental research was determined to be http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management Control Springer Journals

Honesty in budgeting: a review of morality and control aspects in the budgetary slack literature

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Springer Berlin Heidelberg
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Copyright © 2018 by Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature
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Business and Management; Accounting/Auditing; Organization; Operations Management; Business Taxation/Tax Law; Business Strategy/Leadership
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2191-4761
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2191-477X
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10.1007/s00187-018-0267-z
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J Manag Control https://doi.org/10.1007/s00187-018-0267-z ORIGINAL PAPER Honesty in budgeting: a review of morality and control aspects in the budgetary slack literature 1 2 Christian Daumoser · Bernhard Hirsch · Matthias Sohn © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Budgetary slack is a heavily researched topic in the field of management accounting, but the heterogeneous nature of prior research blurs our understanding of this important topic. In this paper, we provide a structured overview of research on bud- getary slack published in top-tier accounting and business ethics journals and reach the following conclusions: Participative budgeting can create or reduce budgetary slack. Less slack is created under truth-inducing pay schemes compared to slack-inducing schemes. Additionally, slack creation is affected by budget users’ risk attitudes and information asymmetry. Information asymmetry increases budgetary slack, but that effect is influenced by multiple factors, including budgetary participation and infor- mation systems. Fairness and reputation concerns decrease budgetary slack, but ethics concerns do not. Finally, the analysis revealed that social norms decrease slack and peer influence moderates the effect. We show that research in this field focuses mainly on psychological perspectives to analyse individuals’ budget-related behaviour. Exper- imental research was determined to be

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Journal of Management ControlSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 2018

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