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Communication around the monthly figures: A case study on management reporting practices

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.author Seppänen, Anni-Maria
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-14T11:24:05Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-14T11:24:05Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/723
dc.description.abstract “Communication around the monthly figures:” A case study on management reporting practices Objectives of the study The objective of the study was to find out if and how management reporting can be improved through good internal communication and knowledge sharing. Three case companies A, B and C from the same group were studied in order to reach the objective. Three research questions were identified: What are the existing management reporting procedures in Company B and Company C? In what ways do Companies B and C, with Company A, share knowledge in management reporting? Are the existing management reporting procedures sufficient for effective internal communication, and if not, how could they be improved? Methodology This study used the case study method for data collection. Data was collected through 10 semi-structured interviews in the case companies A, B and C. Six interviews were conducted face-to-face in Helsinki and four via email to reach employees positioned in Asia, Europe and Canada, or who otherwise were unavailable for face-to-face interviews. In addition, management reporting data such as process descriptions and Balanced Scorecards were provided by the case companies and observations were made by the researcher as she had worked for case companies B and C for nearly four years. The interview questions focused on management reporting, internal communication and knowledge sharing. Results of the study The research findings indicate that internal communication and knowledge sharing could improve management reporting. Internal communication occurred mainly through email in the case companies and knowledge sharing was sparse. The results of the study show a need for more knowledge sharing and suggestions for improved knowledge sharing were implementing an integrated computer system, having more regular meetings and changing the organizational culture from silence to transparency and openness. Key Words: International business communication, internal communication, knowledge sharing, Business Process Management, management reporting, reporting procedures en
dc.format.extent 116
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Communication around the monthly figures: A case study on management reporting practices en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Economics en
dc.contributor.department Department of Communication en
dc.contributor.department Viestinnän laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword international business communication
dc.subject.keyword internal communication
dc.subject.keyword knowledge sharing
dc.subject.keyword business process management
dc.subject.keyword management reporting
dc.subject.keyword reporting procedures
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201111181635
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major International Business Communication en
dc.programme.major International Business Communication fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon kansainväliset yhtiöt
dc.subject.helecon international companies
dc.subject.helecon yritysviestintä
dc.subject.helecon business communication
dc.subject.helecon raportit
dc.subject.helecon reports
dc.subject.helecon prosessit
dc.subject.helecon processes
dc.ethesisid 12591
dc.date.dateaccepted 2011-05-10
dc.location P1 I
local.aalto.openaccess yes
local.aalto.idthes 12591


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