Management Control Systems and Strategy Change in Buyouts
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The impact of management buy-outs (MBO) on strategy and management control systems (MCS) is little understood. Previous research by Jones (1992) focused on efficiency-enhancing buy-outs that were a feature of the early development of the market. However, MBOs are heterogeneous and more recent developments have involved ownership changes that stimulate entrepreneurial practices. The novel contribution of this paper is to use Simons' (1995) classification of beliefs systems, boundary systems, diagnostic and interactive control systems to extend Jones' study to these newer forms of MBO. Within-case analysis and cross-case comparisons from four buyout firms are used to capture the interaction between management control systems and competitive strategy formulation, implementation and modification. This evidence supports arguments that buy-out managers undertake efforts in balancing the traditional feedback systems with the newer systems that stimulate opportunity seeking and learning.
- M : Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting
- L2 : Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
- M10 : Business Administration: General
- control systems
- management control systems