This paper studies the impact of the adoption of different management control practices (MCP) on the firms’ financial performance in Latin America. We use the perspective of the attention-based view theory to argue that firms adopting MCP that cover different areas are more likely to attain higher financial performance, as adopting a diverse set of control practices contributes to distributing managerial attention. Thus, relevant business areas are monitored more comprehensively. We compare the performance effect of seven MCP in three areas (monitoring, operations, and targets) alone and combined using a panel dataset on 57 Latin American firms from 1995 to 2016, finding support for our arguments. Moreover, we find that the firms’ strategy moderates the financial performance effect of the adoption of MCP.

, ,
Spanish Journal of Finance and Accounting
Incae Business School

Rodríguez, C.A, Melgarejo, M., & Torres, J. (2021). Effects of the adoption of management control practices on profitability: evidence from Latin America. Spanish Journal of Finance and Accounting. doi:10.1080/02102412.2021.1944514