The emergence of management controls in an entrepreneurial company

Chris Akroyd, Ralph Kober, Danni Li

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The dilemma faced by founders of entrepreneurial companies is how to scale their business while staying in control. While the accounting literature has found that financial controls are important to rapidly scale a business, we do not know how these controls emerge in entrepreneurial companies in relation to other management controls. Using a case study of an entrepreneurial company that rapidly scaled its business, this study examines the management controls that emerged to become a package of controls. We highlight the importance of the management control package remaining in balance, with controls working together interdependently in a complementary fashion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1805-1833
Number of pages29
JournalAccounting & Finance
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019


  • Complementarity
  • Culture
  • Entrepreneurial companies
  • Management control package
  • Organisational life cycle

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