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Johansson, T. & Siverbo, S. (2014). The appropriateness of tight budget control in public sector organizations facing budget turbulence. Management Accounting Research, 25(4), 271-283
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The appropriateness of tight budget control in public sector organizations facing budget turbulence
2014 (English)In: Management Accounting Research, ISSN 1044-5005, E-ISSN 1096-1224, Vol. 25, no 4, p. 271-283Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the public sector, budget deviations are an important performance dimension. Because of political and institutional pressures, it is crucial that public sector organizations neither overspend, nor underspend. Budget deviations actualize the issue of tight budget control. In this article we hypothesize that when public sector organizations face budget turbulence, the implementation of tight budget control is a functional response that increases the likelihood of meeting budget targets. Our study, combining survey and archival data from 196 Swedish municipalities, confirms our hypothesis. If budget turbulence is substantial, public sector organizations benefit from tight budget control as they seek to control budget deviations, but if turbulence is only marginal, they can conduct activities in the same manner as last year and additional direction from tight controls has no effect on budget deviations. A more general contribution of the paper is the evaluation of the effect of environment and tight budgetary control fit on budgetary performance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2014
Management control, Tight budget control, Cost control, Budget deviation, Public sector
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-38661 (URN)10.1016/j.mar.2014.04.001 (DOI)000345185600003 ()2-s2.0-84909949440 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2014-11-17 Created: 2014-11-17 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-8860-6944

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