Analysis of the Relationships Between Sustainable Management Control and Performance Appraisal System

Ionel Bostan, Aliona Bîrcă, Neculai Tabără, Ligia Muntean Jemna


This study investigates management control from the perspective of intention of companies to engage into sustainable development. The authors mainly focused on analysing the relations between sustainable management control and the system of performance appraisal utilising resource-based theory. The theory behind these relations has been studied by reviewing the literature in the field, and the empirical investigation used questionnaire-based data, presenting the responses of top management, and the data available in the Annual Reports on the main segment of Bucharest Stock Exchange. The study proves that financial performance has a significant influence on management control therefore the authors recommend the return on capital employed as one of the most recommended indicators. The sustainable nature of management control is the result of the spread and development of the institutional theory, the provisions of Directive 2014/95/EU and the Guide of Global Management Accounting Principles (2015) using stewardship. Consequently, profits could no longer be the main element in the assessment of company’s financial „health”. Therefore, sustainable balanced scorecard is one of solid measures for managing financial and non-financial performance in the process of achieving sustainable success.


sustainable development; management control; performance; balanced scorecard.

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