The dilemma of implementing controls: the case of managerial accounting

  • Chris Argyris


Managerial accounting contains a technical theory of control. Whenever this technical theory of control is correctly implemented to deal with issues that are embarrassing or threatening, the players activate their personal-human theory of control in order to remain ‘in control’. The correct implementation of the personal-human theory of control necessary inhibits the effective implementation of the technical theory and vice versa.


Social Cognitive Theory Managerial Accounting Harvard Business School Line Management Technical Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris Argyris
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  1. 1.Schools of Business and EducationHarvard UniversityUSA

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