Effects of the management control system in unethical behaviors


  • Luciana Klein Universidade Federal do Parana
  • Ilse Maria Beuren Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Contabilidade
  • Delci Dal Vesco Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Parana




Organizational justice, Budgetary slack, Data manipulation, Management control system, Unethical behaviors


Purpose – This study investigates which dimensions of the management control system (MCS) increase the perception of organizational justice and reduce unethical behavior in the perception of managers. The purpose of this paper is to validate the theoretical model of the study of Langevin and Mendoza (2012), testing the theoretical hypotheses formulated by the authors. Design/methodology/approach – A survey was performed in companies listed among the Best and Largest of Exame Magazine, and the sample is composed of 102 respondents of the research, which consists of 41 assertions. Findings – The results of the structural equation modeling show that the definition of objectives increases the perception of procedural justice, but the same was not observed regarding the remuneration of the managers. Likewise, disregarding aspects that are uncontrollable by managers in performance evaluation does not lead to the perception of procedural and distributive justice. However, feedback quality leads to the understanding that the MCS is fair. Perception of procedural and distributive justice was also observed in the use of multiple measures of performance by the company. Research limitations/implications – Other factors that have not been investigated may interfere with and contribute to the reduction of unethical behavior (budget slack and data manipulation). Originality/value – The only variable that interferes in the reduction of unethical behavior is feedback quality. The non-confirmation of all the hypotheses instigates the replication of the research in other contexts for empirical validation of the theoretical model of Langevin and Mendoza (2012).


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