Teaching Management Control for Sustainability
Next Tuesday I will have my class on management controls for sustainability. Many colleagues, who normally teach environmental and social accounting classes tell me, they do not teach management control, because they would not know how to. As of today, no excuse, here is how I teach it.
The content of the course is as follow:
1/ I teach a definition of if (that you can find in Crutzen et al. 2017)
2/ I first use a classic classification of management control tools by Schaltegger et al. 2000 (Schaltegger, S. and Burritt, R., 2000, Contemporary Environmental Accounting. Issues, Concepts and Practice, Greenleaf, Sheffield.), that exists in French (Antheaume, 2013) and has been also used in Burritt et al. 2011 with carbon as an example.
3/ I introduce Simons' controls (1995) and the example of them being used by Arjaliès and Mundy (2013) in the French CAC 40 companies.
4/ I then introduce further the "integration" of sustainability through management control systems, with the paper by Gond et al. 2012
5/ Last but not least, I finish through the "package" view of Malmi and Brown 2008, used in Crutzen et al. 2017 and the Michelin case study (Baker et al. 2018).
(do not reuse without authorization, Gibassier, 2018)
6/ I introduce the notion of management controls beyond the company (you need to for sustainability) using the figure 1 in the paper "Environmental Management Accounting: The
Missing Link to Sustainability?" (2018).
7/ I explain what are "controls for sustainability using the different tables of the same paper (Gibassier and Alcouffe, 2018)
This table is used in our SEAJ special issue intro and Baker et al. 2018. If you use it, cite it!
I have them read the Michelin Case Study (2018) and then we do an exercice (same as Michelin) to look for controls and put them in the "package" way, +reflect on their sustainability orientation. I am using in French the last L'Oréal report, but any (short) report will do.
(this class is part of my "societal impact class where I teach 15 hours, 3 hours on management controls, and the rest on natural capital, social capital and multi-capitals).
More resources here:
Stefan Schaltegger and Roger Burritt, Contemporary Environmental Accounting: Issues,
Concepts and Practices, Routledge, 2000.
Angèle Renaud, Management et contrôle de gestion environnemental, EMS, 2015.
ICAEW, “Sustainability: the role of accountants,” 2004.
CIMA, “Sustainability and the role of the management accountants,” 2011.
AICPA, Accounting for the Sustainability Cycle: How the Accounting Profession Can Add
IMA/ACCA, From Share Value to Shared Value: Exploring the Role of Accountants in Developing Integrated Reporting in Practice, 2016, .
Accounting for Sustainability, A4S Essential guides series, 2015-2017 (and notably one on green capex).
More papers here:
Bartolomeo, M., Bennett, M., Bouma, J.J., Heydkamp, P., James, P., and T.Wolters. 2000. “Environmental management accounting in Europe: current practice and future potential. “ European Accounting Review 9: 31–52.
Guenther, E., Endrikat, J., and T.W. Guenther. 2016. “Environmental management control systems: a conceptualization and a review of the empirical evidence.” Journal of Cleaner Production.
Lisi, I.E., 2015. “Translating environmental motivations into performance: The role of environmental performance measurement systems.” Management Accounting Research 29: 27–44.
Milne, M.J. 1996. “On sustainability ; the environment and management accounting.” Management Accounting Research 7: 135–161.
Norris, G., and B. O'Dwyer. 2004. “Motivating socially responsive decision making: the operation of management controls in a socially responsive organisation.” The British Accounting Review 36: 173–196.
Rodrigue, M., Magnan, M., and E. Boulianne. 2013. “Stakeholders’ influence on environmental strategy and performance indicators: A managerial perspective.” Management Accounting Research.
Schaltegger, S., and D.Zvezdov. 2015. “Gatekeepers of sustainability information: exploring the roles of accountants.” Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change 11: 333–361.
Songini, L., and A. Pistoni. 2012. “Accounting, auditing and control for sustainability.” Management Accounting Research 23: 202–204.