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Management control for gender mainstreaming: a quest of transformative norm breaking
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School. (Akademin för ekonomistyrning i staten / Performance Management in Central Government)
2015 (English)In: Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, Vol. 11, no 4, 527-545 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – This paper aims to discuss the gendered dimensions of management control. Gender mainstreaming is a worldwide strategy for gender equality. The question raised in this paper is how a management control system functions under the pressure of mainstreaming gender into a core business.

Design/methodology/approach – The evidence stems from a case study at two Swedish Governmental public transport administrations. Interviews, observations of meetings and close reading of documents furnish this paper with data over a five-year period regarding the management control of the policy goal of a gender-equal transport system. The practice of management control for gender mainstreaming is studied by adopting sociological institutional theory and a gender perspective.

Findings – The management control system proves to hamper gender equality. In a technocratic core business, the control system fails to support gender mainstreaming. In this paper, the control of a gender-equal transport system results in a quantitative perspective on women and men instead of a qualitative gender perspective on the transport system.

Practical implications – This paper has practical implications both for accountants being involved in management control for gender mainstreaming and for all persons involved in promoting gender mainstreaming.

Originality/value – The paper contributes to the scarce literature from research with a gender perspective on management control systems. Being exposed to gender mainstreaming, the gender perspective discloses dysfunctional dimensions within the management control system.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015. Vol. 11, no 4, 527-545 p.
Keyword [sv]
Management control systems, Public sector accounting, Gender mainstreaming, Dialogic accounting
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration; Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124578DOI: 10.1108/JAOC-08-2012-0069OAI: diva2:889956
Swedish Transport Administration
Available from: 2015-12-29 Created: 2015-12-29 Last updated: 2016-01-04Bibliographically approved

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