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The makings of a statement: accounting for employee health
Mälardalen University, Sweden, Linnaeus University, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Human Resource Costing and Accounting, ISSN 1401-338X, E-ISSN 1758-745X, Vol. 14, no 4, 286-306 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore how the idea of health statements is constructed and on what assumptions it rests.

Design/methodology/approach – Published health statements from the Swedish municipality of Umea ̊ are analysed in terms of the rhetoric of the arguments that are presented. This is done in order to identify the assumptions the arguments rest on.

Findings – Although no empirical proof is provided, the arguments presented in the health statements of Umea ̊ municipality follow a logic that goes from success factors to good results via employee health and satisfaction as a proxy of internal quality of work that in turn is assumed to create good quality of service. The construction of that logic is concomitantly the production and reproduction of a moral system of values that rest on the ambiguousness and implicitness.

Originality/value – A discussion about the assumptions expressed in Umea ̊ municipality’s health statements, how they are constructed to make the management accounting of employee health work and the construction of morals that is implicit in that system. 

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2010. Vol. 14, no 4, 286-306 p.
Keyword [en]
Management accounting, Intellectual capital, Sweden, Balanced scorecard, Employees, Personal health
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-132600DOI: 10.1108/14013381011105966OAI: diva2:953204
Available from: 2016-08-17 Created: 2016-08-17 Last updated: 2016-08-23

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