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Accounting information system change in an agriculture company: Examination using burns and scapens framework

Vol. 12, No 1, 2019

 

Kamaruzzaman Muhammad

 

Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA

Malaysia

kamaruzzaman@salam.uitm.edu.my

Accounting information system change in an agriculture company: Examination using burns and scapens framework

Nor’Azam Mastuki

 

Arshad Ayub Graduate Business School , Universiti Teknologi MARA

Malaysia

Noraz562l@salam.uitm.edu.my


Faizah Darus

 

Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA

Malaysia

Faiza634@salam.uitm.edu.my


Erlane K Ghani

 

Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA

Malaysia

erlanekg@salam.uitm.edu.my

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract. This paper presents the findings of investigation on the accounting information change (AIS) in an agriculture company following the change in its business model and organisational structure due to government policy. This study adopted the Burns and Scapens’ framework that identified three dichotomies -- namely, evolutionary vs revolutionary, progressive vs regressive and formal vs informal in facilitating the understanding of change. Using an interview approach, this study found that the AIS structure has experienced a major transformation due to which the existing SAP system was upgraded and integrated with five new systems. The nature of change in the upgraded SAP is evolutionary in nature. In terms of a progressive or regressive change, the upgrading process of SAP seems to be a progressive one rather than regressive. Finally, the company adopted the top down approach, which is an indication that the company has adopted a formal change. Several strategic allocations such as sufficient resources and funds, the use of external and internal experts, top management participation and also education and training were provided to ensure the success of AIS change. The findings of this study can serve as a guideline for business practices and also contribute to academic knowledge and literature.

 

Received: August, 2018

1st Revision: November, 2018

Accepted: February, 2019

 

DOI: 10.14254/2071-8330.2019/12-1/7

 

JEL ClassificationL25, M41, M48

Keywordsorganisational change, SAP, agricultural company, Malaysia