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More articles in press. Management Accounting and the Paradox of Embedded Agency. Financial accounting is a mandatory and statutory function for each organization. Thus, without financial records, the operations of a company are bound to become subject of scrutiny by the regulatory authorities. Stakeholders also use these records to make decisions. Without any tangible information, it becomes challenging to come up with any decisions regarding the viability of the company.
However since the users of these records are the management, this information is actually necessitated by administrative reasons more than statutory. An organization has to ensure that it avails financial statements in order to cater for statutory compliance and avail management accounts whose importance cannot be overemphasized. Moyer, et al, implied that financial accounts are prepared on an annual basis.
Each organization has to file returns with the authorities as well as post performance levels with the stakeholders in order to achieve any strategic plans through fostering expansion plans. As a result, the financial records of an organization are based on the performance of the company over the previous year. Dividend declaration, taxation and even expansion plans by an organization are carried out at the end of the year and all concerned individuals are fully aware of this Banjerjee, Thus, the authorities will not expect tax on profits to accrue to midyear.
Some companies are fond of posting interim accounts as a means of keeping their stakeholders informed. Quarterly or half-yearly results are only meant to account as representative since the financial statements at the end of the year will determine the picture painted in the eyes of the stakeholders. As a result, it is possible that management accounts take the form of a monthly or quarterly affair and sometimes-weekly portions are requested.
The importance of the information required necessitates regular updates to the management. The internal environment of the organization is the most predictable ad thus the management requires ample, if not perfect knowledge of the internal environment.
Without such information, it is impossible to be prepared to face the challenges posed by the external environment. Drury was of the view that the information relating to budgets changes on a frequent basis thus necessitating frequent input of variables to cater from seasonal fluctuations in demand and supply or economic conditions. Similarly, changes in legislation relating to certain factors of the organizations necessitate instantaneous action and implementation procedures that cannot be catered for by the financial accounts.
Thus, management accounts are favored owing to their flexibility of application while financial records are recognized for their universality. When a company releases its financial records, the stakeholders are not mandated to debate or comment on their accuracy or appropriateness. As a result, the feedback system regarding the financial accounts is non-existent.
The stakeholders accept the accounts as they are and any inaccuracies are deemed misrepresentations, which are taken care of by authorities Shim, Thus, the users of financial records are not able to influence the contents and only seek ways to receive contents that are favorable.
Thus, management accounts are taken back and forth between the management and accountants in a bid to find the most appropriate position for the organization to take.
Management accountants base their postulations on financial accounts while financial accounts borrow nothing from management accountants. This fact is due to the nature of management accounts that require some historical data to outline the projections for use. Consequently, organizations that have been in operation for long are most capable of utilizing management accounts.
As a result, the management accountant is best armed with information from the past to determine the future while the financial accountant only requires the information relating to the previous period for his deductions. The above postulations serve to display the need for both financial and management accounting as tools of propping the functions of the business.
The unpredictability of the environmental factors necessitates the institutions of measures to counter any changes in the environment. Organizations are constantly aware of the vitality of information for decision-making.
Thus, most financial accounts include information strategically targeting certain stakeholder with the hope that the response will be positive to the business as asserted by Banjerjee For example, high profitability is a factor that enables an organization to attract funding in both equity and debt capital. The use of performance measurement systems in the public sector: Effects on performance June Is performance measurement and management fit for the future?
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