Understanding the Forces and Critical Features of a New Reporting and Budgeting System Adoption by Indonesian Local Government

Harun, Harun, Carter, David, Mollik, Abu Taher, and An, Yi (2020) Understanding the Forces and Critical Features of a New Reporting and Budgeting System Adoption by Indonesian Local Government. Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, 16 (1). pp. 146-167.

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This paper aims to critically explore the forces and critical features relating to the adoption of a new reporting and budgeting system (RBS) in Indonesian local governments. The study is based on an intensive analysis of document sources and interview scripts around the institutionalization of RBS by the Indonesian government and uses the adaption of Dillard et al. (2004) institutional model in informing its findings.

The authors find that at the national level, the key drivers in RBS adoption were a combination of exogenous economic and coercive pressures and the wish to mimic accounting reforms in developed nations. At the local government level, the internalization of RBS is a response to a legal obligation imposed by the central government. Despite the RBS adoption has strengthened the transparency of local authorities reports – it limits the roles of other members of citizens in determining how local government budgets are allocated.

The results of the study should be understood in the historical and institutional contexts of organizations observed. The authors reinforce the notion that accounting as a business language dominates narratives and conversations surrounding the nature of government reporting and budgeting systems and how resource allocation is formulated and practiced. This should remind policymakers in other developing nations that any implementation of a new accounting technology should consider institutional capacities of public sector organizations and how the new technology benefits the public.

Item ID: 75494
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1832-5912
Copyright Information: © 2020 Emerald Publishing Limited.
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2022 22:23
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3501 Accounting, auditing and accountability > 350101 Accounting theory and standards @ 100%
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