“Stagnancy” of management accounting systems, their negative consequences and reasons. 

Please write an essay, analysing J&K’s argument, contrasting it with alternative perspectives advanced by Ezzamel et al (1990) and Hopper and Armstrong (1991), and whether you agree or disagree with J&K based on a wider reading of the relevant literature.


Ezzamel, M., Hoskin, K., & Macve, R. (1990). Managing it all by numbers: a review of Johnson and Kaplan’s ‘Relevance Lost’. Accounting and Business Research, 20 (78), 153-166.

Hopper, T and Armstrong, P (1991) Cost Accounting, Controlling labour and the Rise of Conglomerates, Accounting, Organizations and Society, 16(5/6), 405-438

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