Accounting change in Dutch government

H.J. ter Bogt*, G.J. van Helden*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

    Onderzoeksoutput: ArticleAcademicpeer review

    107 Citaten (Scopus)


    This paper develops a broad framework for understanding accounting changes in Dutch government organizations. Two major accounting changes concern the transition from centrally-controlled to divisionalized organizations and the replacement of input control by output control. The framework is illustrated with empirical findings on processes of accounting change which took place in a number of governmental organizations in the Netherlands. These illustrations show that a wide gap exists between the ideal concept of formal accounting change and its ultimate development and between the newly-developed accounting instruments and their actual application. The framework provides several reasons for these gaps, including: lack of budgetary pressure, insufficient commitment by top management and too little attention paid to enablers of the change process. The latter refers to maintaining traditional compensation schemes and paying insufficient attention to training employees.
    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)263-279
    Aantal pagina's17
    TijdschriftManagement Accounting Research
    StatusPublished - 2000

    Citeer dit