The Role of Management Accounting Systems in Strategic Sensemaking

  • Authors
  • Marcus Heidmann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Pages 1-5
  3. Pages 93-133
  4. Pages 187-198
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 199-229

About this book


In order to survive in a competitive environment, top and middle managers need to make sense of strategic issues. Information from the internal and external environment helps managers to relate the firm's strengths and weaknesses to specific opportunities and threats embedded in these issues.

Marcus Heidmann explores the role of management accounting systems (MAS) in strategic sensemaking. Based on cognitive theories, the author defines strategic sensemaking as a learning process with observation, interpretation, and communication as the relevant process steps on the individual level. He illustrates the impact of MAS on these cognitive processes by an exploratory multiple-case study design. He shows that managers do not primarily use MAS to identify strategic topics but to search for additional information that helps them to make sense of these issues. In particular, the interactive use of MAS contributes to strategic sensemaking by providing directions and facilitating interactions that help to resolve equivocality of strategic issues.


Controlling Controllingsysteme Früherkennung Interactive Use MAS Strategic Sensemaking Unternehmensstrategie

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Deutscher Universitäts-Verlag | GWV Fachverlage GmbH, Wiesbaden 2008
  • Publisher Name Gabler
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-8350-0633-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-8349-9633-6
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