233x350Understanding Management Control 

and Organisational Sense-making


Author: Dr Krister Bredmar

Print (paperback):           ISBN: 9781911033127

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This book centres around three different areas; management control, organisations and information systems - in order to understand what is actually going on and to make sense of management control questions.

Management control techniques used today could in many cases be traced back to industrialisation. With the help of computeraised information systems, the speed and detail with which a manager could get a hold of important information has increased. Today, it has become even more important to be able to choose what information to work with and that the context in which it should be used is understood. Organisational sense-making is in many ways an interesting and important path to take in order to do this.
When working with the management control function, it is important to understand the organisation where the work is undertaken. One important part of the function is planning and another is control. Both are needed in order for the management control function to work. Performance is often a key ingredient when trying to find out what is working in a plan and what is not and here the understanding for information becomes necessary. Since the work is done within an organsation, both by managers and employees, it is also crucial to find ways to work with not only models, methods and techniques but also people and social dimensions.


Scholars, students and practitioners.

ISBN (print):                    9781911033127

ISBN (Digital PDF):       9781911033134

Publication date:            July 2016

Territorial rights:              Worldwide

Number of pages:          150

Size (print):                     234mm x 156mm

Readership:                    university and professional



The accounting heritage

Corporate epistemology

Thinking ahead

The essence of management control

Understanding performance

The control concept in management control

Reports, communication and stakeholders

The essence of sense-making

Organisations as a set of social relations

Information systems and management control

Individuals and organisations

Organisational structure

A social perspective

A decisions context

Techiques and functions

Thinking and acting strategically

Accounting tools

Information and knowledge

The performance paradox



Dr Krister Bredmar is associate professor at Linneaus University in Sweden. He has for more then 20 years worked with management control and organisational sense-making, both in theory and in practice. His research has been published both in academic journals and in books. 


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