Budgets Are Essential Business Practice

2776 Words Dec 10th, 2014 12 Pages
Abstract: Budgets are essential business practice embedded in organizations since the 1920’s and are considered key drivers and evaluators of managerial performance and key elements for planning and control. Budgets are thought to be the most powerful tool for management control; they play essential roles in the organization’s political structure as they are used often to increase the power and authority of top management and limit the autonomy of lower-level managers. Despite its ambiguous benefits, traditional budgeting presents organizations with various challenges. In recent times critics of traditional budgeting have increased vastly. The basis of this criticism is that traditional budgeting is a relic of the past. It prevents reactions to change in the market, it cannot keep up with the challenges and requirements of today’s business world and it isn’t useful for neither business management nor stakeholders. In an attempt to eliminate criticism, researchers and practitioners in the field of management accountancy have developed more systematic concepts of budgeting which that better suits the needs of the modern business environment. Developments resulted in beyond budgeting, better budgeting, zero-based budgeting, rolling forecasts and activity based budgeting as main alternatives to the traditional system. Reka et al. argue that beyond budgeting is the most effective alternative to traditional budgeting. This paper focuses on evaluating the usefulness of…
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