ME2605 Cost Management and Control 6.0 credits
Cost Management and Control
This course is dormant.
This course provides an in-depth understanding of how management control can be used to influence the behaviour of the employees in an industrial organization.
Educational levelSecond cycle
Academic level (A-D)C
Subject areaIndustrial Management
Grade scaleA, B, C, D, E, FX, F
PeriodsAutumn 12 P2 (6.0 credits)
Start date2012 week: 43
End date2013 week: 1
Language of instructionEnglish
Number of lectures27 (preliminary)
Number of exercises
Form of studyNormal
Number of places *Min. 5
*) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places.
ScheduleSchedule (new window)
Course responsibleHåkan Kullvén <firstname.lastname@example.org>
TeacherDominic Von Martens <email@example.com>
Håkan Kullvén <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Compulsory for TIMIM, and only for them.
The aim of the course is to provide you with the ability to design a system for management control that fits the strategic requirements of the organization, and that influence the behaviour of the employees in the organisation in the desired way. This means that after the course you should be able to:
1. Understand and describe the objects of control; results, action, people and cultural, and also to categorize different types of control systems in to these objects.
2. Understand the meaning of control tightness, and also be able to design different combinations of control systems with regard to the tightness of the system.
3. Critically evaluate, compare, and choose between different systems for control when it comes to their usefulness, effectiveness and costs.
4. Apply the theoretical concepts of behavioural management control to companies in various industries, as well as to case study companies.
5. Understand and critically evaluate different forms of reward systems, audits, corporate governance, performance targets, accounting measures, and responsibility accounting systems when it comes to behavioural as well as ethical aspects.
6. Understand how myopia, situational factors and uncontrollable factors can influence the behaviour in a company, and how systems could be constructed to deal with these factors.
7. Critically evaluate and compare management control systems used by companies in different types of industries from a behavioural perspective.
Course main content
The course consists of lectures built up by case analysis that are followed by a discussion of theoretical concepts and practical examples in the following fields:
1. Results control, action control, personnel control, and cultural control are explored.
2. Discussions on how to design and evaluate a system: Control tightness, control system costs, and audits.
3. Models for influencing behaviour, including budgetary control, responsibility accounting, performance targets, costing, reward systems, and accounting measures, are discussed.
4. Remedies for myopia, the effect of uncontrollable factors, ethical issues and situational influences are dealt with.
The course is built up by cases and lectures building on these.
Student accepted for the Industrial Management within the Erasmus Mundus-programme.
Only for IMIM-studenter.
Only IMIM students. Not allowed for exchange students.
Merchant and Van der Stede: "Management Control Systems". Prentice Hall (latest edition)
- TEN1 - Examnation, 6.0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Requirements for final grade
ITM/Industrial Economics and Management
Dominic von Martens, email@example.com, 0702-368757
Only for TIMIM students
Course plan valid from:
Examination information valid from: Autumn 07.