Session: 2010/11 Faculty of: Business and Law Programme: MSc Accounting & Finance Module: ACFI5006 Level: 5 Subject/Module Title: An Evaluation of Management Accounting Date: Thursday, 27 January 2011 Time Allowed: 3 hrs Start: 12:00 Finish: 15:00
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Students are required to attempt ONE question from each Section. Plus ONE other question from either Section THREE questions in total. All questions carry equal marks. Time allowed – 3 hours. Seen CLOSED book exam. Students may not submit any pre-prepared material, with the exception of references and / or bibliographies.
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Question One Wickramasinghe and Alawattage (2007) consider the mechanistic approach of Management Accounting from three perspectives: • • • Technical – Managerial view Pragmatic – Interpretive view Critical – Socio-economic view
Critically appraise each of the views identified above, and examine why the post-mechanistic Management Accounting function has evolved.
Question Two ‘Agency theory is the second most popular theory used in the interorganisational control literature (Hakansson & Lind, 2006). The notion of incomplete contracting is important from an agency theory perspective (Baiman & Rajan, 2002). Incomplete contracting means that it is impossible to incorporate all the information required to cover future contingencies in a final contract. Potential inefficiencies in the buyer-supplier relationship are consequences of at least the following two characteristics: information asymmetry and opportunism.’ (Hopper et al., 2007:284) Consider the two characteristics identified above; and critically consider their impacts on the management accounting function in the postmechanistic environment.
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Question Three ‘Toyota’s speed to market, lean manufacturing, and ground...