How control systems influence product innovation processes: examining the role of entrepreneurial orientation

Josep Bisbe, Ricardo Malagueño

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This paper yields insights into the channels through which Management Accounting and Control Systems (MACS) exert an influence on product innovation by examining the extent to which different forms of control (i.e. value systems, diagnostic control systems, interactive control systems) are directly associated with the distinct phases of innovation processes. Using survey data collected from 118 medium and large Spanish companies, we find that: (1) value systems and interactive control systems have significant main effects on the creativity, coordination and knowledge integration, and filtering (sub-)phases of innovation processes; and (2) the significance and direction of these influences vary depending on the Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO) of firms. By highlighting the relevance of EO in shaping the influence of MACS on product innovation processes, this study calls for caution in generalising the expected effects of MACS on innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-386
JournalAccounting and Business Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2015


  • management accounting
  • control systems
  • innovation
  • creativity
  • conversion ability

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