ACCTG 721 : Research in Management Control

Business and Economics

2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Provides an insight into the theoretical and empirical literature relating to management planning and control in private and public sector organisations. Explores the relationship between strategy, organisation design, performance measurement and evaluation, application of productivity analysis and Data Envelopment Analysis.

Course Overview

Research in Management Control provides an overview of research in the eld of management planning and control and opens a new world of insights for anyone interested in the mechanisms available to managers to inuence and change organisations. A focus on what we know from the prior literature inevitably leads to a consideration of matters we do not fully understand as yet, which could represent opportunities for future research. Therefore, this course is must for anyone interested in how to eect organisational change through management control and related research opportunities.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and analyse management control systems and performance measurement systems (Capability 1 and 2)
  2. Analyse the design and operation of management control systems in private and public sector organisations within the context of different strategies and organisational settings (Capability 1, 2, 4.1 and 4.2)
  3. Evaluate the relevance of changing technology and access to big data for performance measurement and evaluation (Capability 1, 2, 4.1 and 4.2)
  4. Synthesise and critique extant literature to develop a sound research proposal for a management control topic (Capability 3 and 4.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Class Participation and Weekly Homework 10% Individual Coursework
Research Paper Presentation 20% Individual Coursework
Assignment(s) 30% Individual Coursework
Research Pitch and Research Proposal 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Class Participation and Weekly Homework
Research Paper Presentation
Research Pitch and Research Proposal

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 30 hours of lectures, 30 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 40 hours of work on coursework, research proposal and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities to receive credit for components of the course.
Lectures are interactive group discussions. No recordings will be available.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable, unless specified otherwise.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Weekly Readings are selective research papers from reputable academic journals. 

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 19/11/2021 10:48 p.m.