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Title: Management accounting and the implications of supply chain management practices : an empirical study
Author: Jamal, Noriza Mohd
ISNI:       0000 0004 2718 3484
Awarding Body: University of Hull
Current Institution: University of Hull
Date of Award: 2011
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There have been calls for more research into how changes in supply chain management practices (SCMPs) affect management accounting practices (MAPs) and in turn affect performance. While the linkages between SCMPs, MAPs and performance may seem intuitive, to date there has been limited empirical research testing these relationships. The objective of the research is therefore to test a number of hypotheses regarding the association between these variables and firm performance based on the contingency theory framework. Data were collected through a postal survey of senior accounting executives from the Consumer and Industrial Products Sectors under Malaysian publicly listed firms. The relationships between SCMPs, MAPs, supply chain performance (SCPERF) and overall firm performance (OPERF) were analysed using Partial Least Squares (PLS) path modelling in two conceptual models via PLS-Graph Beta Version 3. To supplement the questionnaire survey, semi-structured interviews were used to gather the experiences and views of selected companies as means to triangulate the research study. It was found that SCMPs are directly related to both MAPs and SCPERF, that MAPs are directly related to SCPERF, and that SCPERF was directly related to overall firm performance (OPERF). Although SCMPs and MAPs were not directly related to OPERF, they were related to OPERF indirectly. MAPs were categorized into stages of their evolution as postulated by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). The most sophisticated MAPs, however, have a positive direct and indirect association with OPERF. Supply chain performance (SCPERF) is found to be an important mediator linking SCMPs and MAPs to OPERF. The survey findings which are re-affirmed by the interviews are consistent with the contingency theory approach. This research adds to the existing body of research by developing a framework for linking a firm’s SCM practices to its management accounting practices, supply chain performance and overall firm performance. These findings provide management with strategically important insights that strategic supplier partnership, customer relationships, information management and internal supply chain activities are primary factors in SCM that will influence MAPs and supply chain performance. Managers can thus use MA information to effectively create an efficient SCM environment that will lead to improved SCPERF, which will in turn enhance overall firm performance. Areas where future research may prove fruitful are also discussed.
Supervisor: Tayles, Mike Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Business School