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Accounting and the Hope of Action
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
Number of Authors: 3
2016 (English)In: The European Accounting Review, ISSN 0963-8180, E-ISSN 1468-4497, Vol. 25, no 2, 403-419 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paper discusses the role of hope in the construction of an accounting technology to realize a program, by looking at a process of choosing non-financial indicators in an effort to achieve healthier workplaces. By exploring the literature dealing with the concept of hope and by drawing on the debate on the relationship between accounting and action, we highlight the features of three hope-related concepts (hopelessness, naive hope, and reflective hope). We also highlight how these concepts relate to different areas of uncertainty (validity, accuracy, and relevance) in the development of accounting technologies. Evidence collected through particiapant observation of a team involved in the construction of indicators offers empirical material to investigate the interplay between hopelessness, naive hope, and reflective hope in relation to uncertainties concerning the link between accounting and action. Beyond analyzing how team members move from a naive to a reflective hope in making the accounting-action link, the paper shows that among practitioners it is accepted that unintended consequences constitute the rule rather than the exception in the accounting-action link.

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2016. Vol. 25, no 2, 403-419 p.
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-133311DOI: 10.1080/09638180.2016.1147369ISI: 000379979000008OAI: diva2:958201
Available from: 2016-09-06 Created: 2016-09-06 Last updated: 2016-09-06Bibliographically approved

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