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2022/2023  KAN-CASCO1005U  Implementation of Accounting

English Title
Implementation of Accounting

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Peter Skærbæk - Department of Accounting (AA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Accounting
  • Strategy
  • Economics
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 01-12-2022

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Learning objectives
The purpose of the course is to offer the students the opportunity to develop their skills to understand and analyse the effects and conditions of accounting in practical settings in business life as well as the public sector. The focus is on a variety of theories from sociology, economic sociology and organizational theory that are used to understand empirically the processes of the use and implementation of accounting. The course is also designed to develop the students’ skills in applying interpretive case study methods that can be used in project work and thesis writing.

At the exam the students must be able to:
Understand the processes of the use and implementation of various accounting techniques and concepts.
Be able to apply and use the theoretical models for analysis of practical cases/examples
Evaluate and compare the use and strengths/weaknesses of each theory presented in the course.
Course prerequisites
Admission req.
Bachelor level
Implementation of Accounting:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Duration 20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time With the listed preparation time: 20 Minutes
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer and Summer
Aids Open book: all written and electronic aids
The student is allowed to bring to the preparation room: Simple writing and drawing utensils, laptop/tablet as a reference book (NB: there are no electric outlets available), any calculator, books including translation dictionaries, compendiums, notes. PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the preparation time.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Accounting systems, techniques, concepts and reports are used in organizations and companies to improve efficiency/effectiveness and facilitate internal and external accountability to third party agencies such as owners and the wider society. The course puts focus on how such accounting devices are developed and used in practice to understand how and weather expected effects are achieved in practice. The course contains the following core elements:
The processes of implementing accounting systems and concepts such as ABC and BSC
The strategies of external and internal reporting and how annual reports are part of strategy

The implementation of enterprise risk management systems
The link between accounting and strategy (from bean counter to strategic accountant
How accounting systems influence employees’ identities (the skepticisms and resistances to accounting change)

How accounting concepts are diffused globally and implemented in various local companies and organizations

The performativity of economic theories to strategy and the mediating role of accounting.

The roles of experts like consultants and auditors in strategic and organizational change processes



Description of the teaching methods
Research and theory based dialog lectures are mixed with cases and student presentations. To maximize the outcome of the course it is highly recommended that the students establish groups for reading and discussion.
Involvement of the students is an important part of the learning principle – this done through dialog, casework and presentations.

The teaching is supplemented by short online lectures and assignments

Development of individual and social skills (competencies)
Through dialog and presentations the student will develop their oral skills. Since cases are prepared and presented in teams the students will also develop cooperative skills.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students get feedback on comments and questions in lectures and feedback on student presentations and exercises if they participate in case work.
Student workload
Teaching 33 hours
Exam Preparation 80 hours
Preparation 93 hours
Expected literature

A collection of articles from books and scientific journals. Examples are:
Skærbæk and Tryggestad (2010). The role of accounting devices in performing corporate Strategy. Accounting, Organizations and Society.
Granlund and Lukka (1998). It is a small world of management accounting practices. Journal of Management Accounting Research.

Hayne and Free (2014). Hybridised professional groups and institutional work: COSO and the rise of enterprise risk management.  Accounting, Organizations and Society

Callon, M. (1998). An essay of framing and overflowing: economic externalities revisited by sociology. In The Laws of the Markets (Ed. M. Callon). Blackwell.

Themsen, N. and Skærbæk, P. (2018). The performativity of risk management frameworks and technologies: the translation of uncertainties into pure and impure risks. Accounting, Organizations and Society.

Christensen, M., Skærbæk, P. and Tryggestad (2019) Contested organizational change and accounting in trials of incompatibility. Management Accounting Research.

Christensen and Skærbæk (2010). Consultancy outputs and the purification of accounting technologies. Accounting, Organizations and Society


Last updated on 01-12-2022