Management accounting change in an Egyptian organization: An institutional analysis

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to investigate the process of management accounting change within an Egyptian organization that implemented an extranet. Design/methodology/approach - Old institutional economic (OIE) theory and Hardy's model of power mobilisation are chosen as a theoretical framework to inform the analysis of the case. Findings - The results show that the extranet facilitated changes in information availability and business process re-design. The findings confirm that management accounting practices have changed in the case under study and show how management accountants have become more involved in planning and control. The case highlighted some factors that facilitate the natural processes of routinisation and institutionalisation over time. Research limitations/implications - It could be argued that one limitation of this research is related to the gap between the change in leadership in TexCo (1993) and the timing of the visits (2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005). However, this problem has been minimized by crosschecking memories of events through interviews. Another limitation of this study is that the author was not allowed to review some of the financial documents in TexCo. However, the author tried to verify the financial figures given by them through inter-subject checking. Originality/value - This paper fills a gap in the literature as it focuses on the process of management accounting change associated with the implementation of business-to-business (B-to-B) e-commerce. The findings, indicate that the B-to-B e-commerce has facilitated the change in the management accounting practices towards decision support and control. Implementing the B-to-B e-commerce system in TexCo facilitated greater control over inventory and invoicing. It improved the planning process through providing the accountants with accurate and real time information about sales, receivables, cash collection and inventory turnover. The system also facilitated the settlement process, the performance evaluation of TexCo's exhibitions; and saved the time and effort of the accountants during the stocktaking process. The case suggested that there are some factors that may facilitate the processes of routinisation and institutionalisation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-73
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Accounting and Organizational Change
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Egypt
  • Institutional theory
  • Management accounting
  • Management accounting change processes
  • Management accounting practices
  • Organizational change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • General Economics,Econometrics and Finance
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Strategy and Management


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