Title: Changing government policy and the resultant behavioural consequences within an accounting environment

Authors: David R. Goodwin, Ross Bloore

Addresses: College of Business Sciences, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ' Formerly Faculty of Business, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Abstract: This paper examines the behavioural impacts in an accounting environment arising from changes to government policy. Specifically, such impacts arose from a changed government policy that granted nationals or natives preferential access to training and promotion opportunities within the work environment. This situation increasingly created perceptions of inequity for those excluded from such opportunities. In this research setting, this impacted in the accounting environment and, specifically, in the budget-setting process. Budget-related communications decreased and personal behavioural coping strategies strengthened, arguably to the detriment of both the employee and the organisation. It is a situation that exists or potentially exists in a number of regions in the world. These issues are examined using information assembled in both interviews and survey data collection. Analysis using Partial Least Squares (PLS) supports the study hypotheses. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications of the findings for management and identifies a number of potential solutions. Further opportunities for research are also identified.

Keywords: budgets; communication; distributive justice; job performance; job satisfaction; Type A behaviour; government policy; policy changes; accounting; training; promotion; budget setting; coping strategies.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAAPE.2007.015232

International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation, 2007 Vol.4 No.2, pp.161 - 182

Available online: 28 Sep 2007 *

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