A1 Journal article (refereed)
Accounting in Identity Regulation : Producing the Appropriate Worker (2021)

Vaivio, J., Järvenpää, M., & Rautiainen, A. (2021). Accounting in Identity Regulation : Producing the Appropriate Worker. European Accounting Review, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638180.2021.1997780

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All authors or editors: Vaivio, Juhani; Järvenpää, Marko; Rautiainen, Antti

Journal or series: European Accounting Review

ISSN: 0963-8180

eISSN: 1468-4497

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 17/11/2021

Volume: Early online

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09638180.2021.1997780

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78721


It is acknowledged that identity regulation in organizations relies on discursive resources. This study moves beyond discourse – illustrating how discourse and accounting measurements are mobilized together in revising identity. Measurement produces persistence, clarity, transparency and comparability, as well as direction: Accounting’s quantitative knowledge ‘amplifies’ discourse. We explain the Great Alliance between words and numbers in a case study addressing events in an organization’s transformation. This extends our understanding of what takes place on the interface between identity and accounting.

Keywords: organisations (systems); identity (mental objects); discourse; effectiveness; measurement; employees; interpretation (cognition); comparison; accounting; bookkeeping

Free keywords: identity regulation; discourse; management control; performance measurement

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