Collaborative benchmarking in the Danish district-heating sector

Bukh, Per Nikolaj and Dietrichson, Lars Grubbe,(2016), Collaborative benchmarking in the Danish district-heating sector. , International Journal of Public Sector Management, UNSPECIFIED

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is threefold: to investigate why and how companies in voluntary networks engage in performance benchmarking; how requirements for a standardised chart of accounts are handled; and what the role of regulatory pressure is. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on a longitudinal case study of an established group of six district-heating companies. The data sources are semi-structured interviews, observations and documents. Findings – Both the forthcoming re-regulation of the district-heating sector and aims to improve efficiency were motivating the collaboration among the firms. An interpretation of common accounting rules can be negotiated in a collaborative network. The benchmarking model was embedded in routines internally in firms to facilitate learning and knowledge exchange, but it was also used to legitimise current operations. Research limitations/implications – As the paper is based on a case study of a specific project, the issues discussed in the paper should be further investigated in similar firms being exposed to regulation. Practical implications – Harmonisation of accounting data are of immense importance when benchmarking performance, but discretion in interpretations of data and results must be handled. Co-existence with existing rules and procedures should be allowed. Originality/value – The paper contributes to research understanding the role of collaboration in voluntary networks when benchmarking is implemented.
Keywords : Public sector, Collaboration, Benchmarking, Accounting change, Regulation, District-heating, UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Public Sector Management
Volume: 29
Number: 5
Item Type: Article
Subjects: Akuntansi
Depositing User: Eriana Ringgowati
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2019 05:49
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2019 05:49

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