Title: Is Environmental Uncertainty an antecedent or moderating variable in the design of budgeting systems? An exploratory study

Authors: Rong-Ruey Duh, Hueiling Chen, Chee W. Chow

Addresses: Department of Accounting, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. ' Department of Finance, National Central University, Taoyuan County, Taiwan. ' School of Accountancy, San Diego State University, California, USA

Abstract: Environmental Uncertainty (EU) has been engaged in budgeting studies both as an antecedent and a moderating variable. Since these treatments have very different implications for theory development and understanding of phenomena, this study empirically explores their relative validity. Using data collected from managers of 440 publicly held Taiwanese companies, the results of path analysis and moderated regression support the view that EU is an antecedent to features of budgeting systems which in turn significantly affect firm performance. The results also reveal a (spurious) significant moderating effect of EU on the relationship between features of the budgeting system and firm performance.

Keywords: environmental uncertainty; budgeting systems; firm performance; antecedent variables; moderating variables.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAAPE.2006.010553

International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation, 2006 Vol.3 No.3, pp.341 - 361

Available online: 01 Aug 2006 *

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