Management accounting and strategic human resource management: a UK/Canadian comparative analysis

Rishma Vedd, Reza Kouhy

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Abstract

There is growing evidence that Strategic Management Accounting (SMA) activities are being pursued in an interdisciplinary manner. One such discipline where management accounting could contribute is in Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM). The integration of business strategy and Human Resource Management minimises the risk of neglecting human resources as a vital source of organisational competitive advantage. It also provides a broader range of solutions for solving complex organisational problems and ensures that human resources are given consideration when setting company goals. This empirical study examines the current role of management accounting in relation to the SHRM process using data from surveys of Finance Directors and Human Resource Directors from both Canada and the UK. The results reveal that Canadian Finance professionals are more involved in providing information for developing, evaluating and controlling Human Resource (HR) strategy than UK Finance professionals. Both HR and Finance respondents considered that there was a need for a closer partnership between HR and Finance professionals.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Applied Accounting Research
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2001

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Comparative analysis
Management accounting
Finance
Strategic human resource management
Human resources
Strategic management accounting
Human resource management
Human resource strategies
Business strategy
Canada
Competitive advantage
Management process
Empirical study

Keywords

  • management accounting
  • Canada
  • strategic human resource management

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Management accounting and strategic human resource management: a UK/Canadian comparative analysis. / Vedd, Rishma; Kouhy, Reza.

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