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Grossi, G. & Trunova, O. (2021). Are UN SDGs useful for capturing multiple values of smart city?. Cities, 114, 1-3, Article ID 103193.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Are UN SDGs useful for capturing multiple values of smart city?
2021 (English)In: Cities, ISSN 0264-2751, E-ISSN 1873-6084, Vol. 114, p. 1-3, article id 103193Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The concept of smart city has been studied in a variety of forms and contexts. While previous studies highlight the extensive use of indicators of smartness, another stream of literature advocates the role of citizens in city transformations. In this viewpoint, we call for an extension of this dichotomous understanding and highlight the cross-sectoral collaborative nature of smart city; we also draw attention to the potential of smart city to generate multiple values for a range of stakeholders. We reflect on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for sustainable and smart cities developed by the United Nations (UN) as a possible measurement tool for these multiple values. Based on an analysis of the literature on smart cities and an overview of the UN documents, including a short illustration of the case of Moscow (Russia), we articulate concerns regarding the ability of these global tools to grasp the complex nature of smart city, as well as the contextual specifics of each case locally.

Keywords
Smart city, SDGs, Multiple values, Collaborative governance
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-21798 (URN)10.1016/j.cities.2021.103193 (DOI)000654637700015 ()
Note

Research financed by National Science Centre, Poland, grant no 2019/35/B/HS4/03717

Available from: 2021-04-09 Created: 2021-04-09 Last updated: 2021-11-02Bibliographically approved
Cocciasecca, S., Grossi, G. & Sancino, A. (2021). Public appointments as a tool for public governance: a systematic literature review. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 34(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Public appointments as a tool for public governance: a systematic literature review
2021 (English)In: International Journal of Public Sector Management, ISSN 0951-3558, E-ISSN 1758-6666, Vol. 34, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review previous research on public appointments to systematize existing knowledge, identify gaps and discuss implications for future research in this field.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper is based on a systematic literature review, carried out using the Scopus database. We selected academic articles published in journals ranked in the 2018 CABS Academic Journal Guide plus public administration articles in journals classified by Google as falling within the areas of public policy and administration. The papers were analysed according to four categories: geographical area, theoretical framework, research method and organizational setting.

Findings – Results show the lack of research regarding areas like Latin America or East Asia; from a theoretical viewpoint, given the lack of explicit theoretical approaches, future research should have more formal and clear theoretical frameworks. Moreover, given the dominance of case study and review/reflectionstudies, alternative research methods, such as surveys or mixed methods are suggested for future works.

Research limitations/implications – We identify a new research agenda to revive the focus on public appointments as a tool for intra- and inter-organizational governance in the public sector. Specifically, we argue that how the process of public appointments is managed has huge democratic implications, and publicmanagers have a key role to play in that respect by designing effective governance systems and organizational procedures. The selection of papers has been limited to articles published in peer- review journals ranked in the 2018 CABS Guide; no distinctions have been made regarding journals’ positioning in the ranking. Moreover,this work takes a managerial and organizational approach, while the research on public appointments is clearly interdisciplinary, with previous contributions coming mainly from political scientists.

Originality/value – Despite the relevant body of literature on this topic, this study represents the first manuscript to summarize the state of the art of this theme, providing a research agenda on this very relevantbut quite neglected issue in public governance.

Keywords
Public governance, appointment, public sector, systematic literature review
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-21506 (URN)10.1108/IJPSM-04-2020-0096 (DOI)000604767400001 ()
Available from: 2021-01-13 Created: 2021-01-13 Last updated: 2021-01-21Bibliographically approved
Campanale, C., Cinquini, L. & Grossi, G. (2021). The role of multiple values in developing management accounting practices in hybrid organisations. The British Accounting Review, 1-20, Article ID 100999.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The role of multiple values in developing management accounting practices in hybrid organisations
2021 (English)In: The British Accounting Review, ISSN 0890-8389, E-ISSN 1095-8347, p. 1-20, article id 100999Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to investigate how multiple values in non-profit hybrid organisations influence the adoption of management accounting practices. The empirical analysis centres on hybrid organisations established as co-production and co-management initiatives in social care. Pragmatic constructivism, centred on the role of values, informs the empirical analysis. This research shows that management accounting practices can develop without conflicts when only some actors are interested in management and their values predominate, despite the coexistence of multiple and conflicting values. However, in this situation, where conflicts are eliminated, the validity of accounting is compromised, as it does not represent all values. The evidence of this lack of validity is clear when considering the poor development of management accounting practices and the inability to develop some relevant measures, such as outcome measures. When only some values predominate, the opportunity provided by the multiplicity of values to the development of management accounting practices is lost, and possible inefficiencies may emerge. The use of pragmatic constructivism shows that this lack of validity, determined by the non-integration of values, would be reduced by increasing the discussion among conflictingactors’ values. Findings suggest that the presence of conflicting values, that at first glance may be interpreted as an impediment, would, on the contrary, be useful to support accounting validity, when stimulating discussion. In this respect, conflicting values should work alongside communication, to include dimensions of reality.

Keywords
Hybrid organisations, multiple values, co-production, management accounting practices, pragmatic constructivism, social services
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-21802 (URN)10.1016/j.bar.2021.100999 (DOI)
Available from: 2021-04-22 Created: 2021-04-22 Last updated: 2021-04-22
Argento, D., Dobija, D. & Grossi, G. (2020). The disillusion of calculative practices in academia. Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management/Emerald, 17(1), 1-17
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The disillusion of calculative practices in academia
2020 (English)In: Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management/Emerald, ISSN 1176-6093, E-ISSN 1758-7654, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to highlight and compare insights from research conducted in different disciplines on the effects of the use of calculative practices in academia. It also acts as an introduction to the special issue on “governing by numbers: audit culture and contemporary tales of universities’ accountability”.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper reviews the findings and reflections provided in academic literature on the various types of consequences stemming from the diffusion of the “audit culture” in academia. In so doing, it draws upon insights from previous literature in education, management and accounting, and other papers included in this special issue of Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management.

Findings

The literature review shows that a growing number of studies are focussing on the hybridization of universities, not only in terms of calculative practices (e.g. performance indicators) but also in relation to individual actors (e.g. academics and managers) who may have divergent values, and thus, act according to multiple logics (business and academic logics). It highlights many areas in which further robust academic research is needed to guide policy and practice developments in universities.

Research limitations/implications

This paper provides academics, regulators and decision-makers with relevant insights into the critical issues of using calculative practices in academia. Despite the negative effects have been observed in various disciplines, there is an evident perpetuation in the use of those practices.

Originality/value

This paper contributes to the ongoing debates on the disillusion of calculative practices in academia. Yet, positive changes can be achieved within the complex settings of “hybrid” universities when the apparent class division between academics and managers is bridged.

Keywords
Academia, Accountability, Audit culture, Calculative practices, Hybridity, Multi-disciplinary approach, Performance measurement
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-20444 (URN)10.1108/QRAM-12-2019-0130 (DOI)000512112000001 ()
Available from: 2020-02-27 Created: 2020-02-27 Last updated: 2020-10-28Bibliographically approved
Grossi, G., Kallio, K.-M., Sargiacomo, M. & Skoog, M. (2019). Accounting, performance management systems and accountability changes in knowledge-intensive public organizations: a literature review and research agenda. Accounting, auditing and accountability journal, 33(1), 256-280
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Accounting, performance management systems and accountability changes in knowledge-intensive public organizations: a literature review and research agenda
2019 (English)In: Accounting, auditing and accountability journal, E-ISSN 0951-3574, Vol. 33, no 1, p. 256-280Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to synthesize insights from previous accounting, performance measurement (PM) and accountability research into the rapidly emerging field of knowledge-intensive public organizations (KIPOs). In so doing, it draws upon insights from previous literature and other papers included in this special issue of Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper reviews academic analysis and insights provided in the academic literature on accounting, PM and accountability changes in KIPOs, such as universities and healthcare organizations, and paves the way for future research in this area.

Findings

The literature review shows that a growing number of studies are focusing on the hybridization of different KIPOs, not only in terms of accounting tools (e.g. performance indicators, budgeting and reporting) but also in relation to individual actors (e.g. professionals and managers) that may have divergent values and thus act according to multiple logics. It highlights many areas in which further robust academic research is needed to guide developments of hybrid organizations in policy and practice.

Research limitations/implications

This paper provides academics, regulators and decision makers with relevant insights into issues and aspects of accounting, PM and accountability in hybrid organizations that need further theoretical development and empirical evidence to help inform improvements in policy and practice.

Originality/value

The paper provides the growing number of academic researchers in this emerging area with a literature review and agenda upon which they can build their research.

National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-19449 (URN)10.1108/AAAJ-02-2019-3869 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-18 Last updated: 2020-10-27Bibliographically approved
Dobija, D., Gorska, A. M., Grossi, G. & Strzelczyk, W. (2019). Rational and symbolic uses of performance measurement: experiences from Polish universities. Accounting, auditing and accountability journal, 32(3), 750-781
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rational and symbolic uses of performance measurement: experiences from Polish universities
2019 (English)In: Accounting, auditing and accountability journal, E-ISSN 0951-3574, Vol. 32, no 3, p. 750-781Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to facilitate a deeper understanding of the uses and users of performance measurement (PM) in the university context. Design/methodology/approach Empirical data were gathered from four universities. This approach allows for a multilevel and comparative analysis based on the neo-institutional theory. The results are discussed alongside interdisciplinary literature on the use of PM in the public sector. Findings PM practices at universities have become increasingly popular on institutional, organisational and individual levels. The results indicate that different types of PM are used in universities and that the extent, and scope of PM used by various actors differ. Universities often use PM in a ceremonial and symbolic manner, with the aim of legitimising themselves externally as research-oriented institutions. The use of PM depends on both, exogenous factors (such as isomorphic pressures) and endogenous factors related to the different responses of organisations and individual actors (university managers, and academics). However, the analysis at the internal level reveals different attitudes and some resistance to the use of such kinds of PM. In universities with a local focus, the use of PM for rational decision-making is generally loosely coupled with the reporting performance for external accountability purposes. Moreover, the internal use of PM can be also symbolic. Originality/value The authors assume that the use of PM depends on a number of exogenous and endogenous factors. PM uses and users are discussed in the specific context of the higher education system in Poland. The four business school cases facilitate a comparative analysis of the similarities and differences in terms of the uses and users of PM in the context of internationally and locally oriented universities.

Keywords
Performance measurement, Institutional theory, Poland, Universities, Users, Uses
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-19856 (URN)10.1108/AAAJ-08-2017-3106 (DOI)000479299200003 ()
Available from: 2019-08-27 Created: 2019-08-27 Last updated: 2020-10-27Bibliographically approved
Aleksandrov, E., Bourmistrov, A. & Grossi, G. (2018). Participatory budgeting as a form of dialogic accounting in Russia: actors' institutional work and reflexivity trap. Accounting, auditing and accountability journal, 31(4), 1098-1123
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Participatory budgeting as a form of dialogic accounting in Russia: actors' institutional work and reflexivity trap
2018 (English)In: Accounting, auditing and accountability journal, E-ISSN 0951-3574, Vol. 31, no 4, p. 1098-1123Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate how participatory budgeting (PB), as a form of dialogic accounting, is produced in practice. Design/methodology/approach This is a qualitative case study of PB development for the period 2013-2016 in one Russian municipality. Based on triangulation of in-depth semi-structured interviews, documentary analysis, videotape data and netnographic observation, the authors employ ideas of dialogic accounting and institutional work. Findings The study shows that the PB experiment, which began with dialogic rhetoric, in reality, had very limited dialogic effects. However, the authors also observed that the PB dynamics over time made the practice neither inherently monologic nor dialogic. The authors explained such transformations by the way in which the individual reflexivity of actors altered when carrying out institutional work. Curiosity reflexivity was the most essential, triggering different patterns of institutional work to set up the PB experiment. However, further, the authors demonstrated that, over the course of the experiment's development, the institutional work was trapped by various actors' individual reflexivity forms and in this way limited PB's dialogic potential. Originality/value The study shows the importance of understanding and managing individuals' reflexivity, as it shapes the institutional work performed by different actors and, therefore, influences the direction of both the design and materialization of dialogic accounting experiments such as PB. In a broader sense, this also influences the way in which democratic governance is developed, losing democratization potential.

National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-18187 (URN)10.1108/AAAJ-02-2016-2435 (DOI)000432668000004 ()
Available from: 2018-06-07 Created: 2018-06-07 Last updated: 2020-10-27Bibliographically approved
Grossi, G. & Pianezzi, D. (2018). The new public corruption: old questions for new challenges. Accounting Forum, 42(1), 86-101
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The new public corruption: old questions for new challenges
2018 (English)In: Accounting Forum, ISSN 0155-9982, E-ISSN 1467-6303, Vol. 42, no 1, p. 86-101Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on corruption in public procurement. It describes the contemporary face of corruption by investigating the role of public accountability in the fight against corruption. The paper describes a specific episode of corruption relative to the awarding of government contracts for big events, such as the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Italian unification. Relying on the philosophical insights of Rousseau, Popper, Kant and others, the study suggests the need for enabling a democratic control and constructing a public ethics for the common good.

Keywords
Corruption, Public procurement, Accountability, New public governance, New public management, Social contract
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-16534 (URN)10.1016/j.accfor.2016.05.002 (DOI)000428028700008 ()
Available from: 2017-02-10 Created: 2017-02-10 Last updated: 2018-04-12Bibliographically approved
Kallio, K.-M., Kallio, T. J. & Grossi, G. (2017). Performance measurement in universities: ambiguities in the use of quality versus quantity in performance indicators. Public Money & Management, 37(4), 293-300
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Performance measurement in universities: ambiguities in the use of quality versus quantity in performance indicators
2017 (English)In: Public Money & Management, ISSN 0954-0962, E-ISSN 1467-9302, Vol. 37, no 4, p. 293-300Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Performance measurement (PM) is now common in Western universities. This is also the case in Finland, where a new funding scheme was implemented to ensure that quality was included in universities' PM. However, this paper shows that the quality indicators in use are, in practice, quantitative. The paper is based on a large survey and has implications for university PM systems in Finland and internationally.

Keywords
Academic publishing, Finland, performance measurement, universities' economy, efficiency and effectiveness
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-16729 (URN)10.1080/09540962.2017.1295735 (DOI)000399607100014 ()
Available from: 2017-05-11 Created: 2017-05-11 Last updated: 2017-05-11Bibliographically approved
Caperchione, E., Demirag, I. & Grossi, G. (2017). Public sector reforms and public private partnerships: overview and research agenda. Accounting Forum, 41(1), 1-7
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Public sector reforms and public private partnerships: overview and research agenda
2017 (English)In: Accounting Forum, ISSN 0155-9982, E-ISSN 1467-6303, Vol. 41, no 1, p. 1-7Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this editorial paper is to introduce the special issue and outline its majorthemes. This special issue of Accounting Forum aims to stimulate interdisciplinary and critical research on public sector reforms, particularly in the context of Public Private Partnerships and other public sector organisations. The editorial also seeks to provide a research agenda and new directions for more research in the field, considering the ambiguities of this hybrid organisational forms and the complexity of accounting and accountability reforms.

Keywords
Public private partnerships, Hybrid organisations, Accounting and accountability reforms
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-16836 (URN)10.1016/j.accfor.2017.01.003 (DOI)000401275000001 ()
Available from: 2017-06-05 Created: 2017-06-05 Last updated: 2018-01-30Bibliographically approved
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