Studies how firms develop and implement more dynamic control systems. Corporate partner: Equinor

This research examines how organizations handle the balance between autonomy and control. While previous research has examined how performance measurement facilitates increased dynamics and a better balance between autonomy and control, ACTION looks more specifically at the role governing documents play in creating a good balance between autonomy and control, which subsequently provides increased efficiency. The research is organized into three sub-projects:

  1. Dynamic Management Control Systems
    In this project we focus specifically on the relationship between the management control system and the manager using the system, for instance issues related to Beyond Budgeting, accountability, learning and reflection.
  2. Change Capacity
    This project examines how first line leaders can contribute in developing capacity for multiple changes, including innovative and more dynamic control systems. Previous research has illustrated how many organizations today implement a number of parallel and overlapping changes, which can create challenges particularly at lower levels in the organization. We identity challenges at the first line level and probe how managers at this level deal with such challenges and take on change agency.
  3. Enterprise Risk Management and Management Control
    In this project we study Enterprise Risk Management as a tool but also as a way of changing mindsets in organizations. Key issues include risk appetite and scenario development.

The research is funded by Equinor and conducted in collaboration with a number of corporate partners as well as academic partnerships (e.g. Stockholm School of Economics).

16 March 2018

Qualitative Methods

Professor Robert Scapens