Managerialist Studies in Management Accounting: 1990 – 2014

Posted: 24 Feb 2016

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Teemu Malmi

Aalto University School of Business

Date Written: February 22, 2016


This article provides a review of managerialist studies in management accounting, as presented in ten leading accounting journals over the past 25 years. The review covers both interventionist and non-interventionist studies in which at least one of the aims is to directly support or help organizational decision-making and control. Non-interventionist research reviewed is descriptive or conceptual in nature, or develops models, algorithms or frameworks of managerial relevance. Interventionist research reviewed covers both traditional action research as well as studies applying constructive research approach. Contribution of various strands of managerialist research is assessed and the potential of this kind of research in management accounting for the future is discussed.

Keywords: literature review, managerial relevance, managerialist studies, constructive research approach, interventionist research

JEL Classification: M4

Suggested Citation

Malmi, Teemu, Managerialist Studies in Management Accounting: 1990 – 2014 (February 22, 2016). Management Accounting Research, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

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