Controlled Behaviour

Professor Philip Dunn explains the behavioural aspects of budgetary control. Finance Staff together with Budget users need an awareness of how behaviour patterns are often shaped by the budgeting process, and why behavioural aspects are more to the fore in budgetary control than any other technique in management accounting.

CIMA’s definition of a budget is “a plan expressed in money. It is prepared and approved prior to the budget period and may show income expenditure and the capital to be employed. It may be drawn showing incremental effects on former budgeted or actual figures or complied by zero-base budgeting.”