Cookies?
Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Accounting, hybrids and the management of risk

Miller, Peter, Kurunmaki, Liisa and O'Leary, Ted (2006) Accounting, hybrids and the management of risk. CARR Discussion Papers, DP 40. Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753016955

[img]
Preview
PDF
Download (261Kb) | Preview

Abstract

This essay addresses the implications of accounting and hybrids for the management of risk. It suggests that the management of organizations is rapidly being transformed into and formalized around the management of risk, while much of the real management of risks occurs elsewhere. We argue firstly and most generally that hybrids in all their varied forms are one of the key sites where uncertainty is managed beyond the formalized practices of risk management. Secondly, we argue that the management literature on hybrids has been too focused on organizational forms, and has neglected the hybrid practices, processes and expertises that make possible lateral information flows and cooperation across the boundaries of organizations and firms. Thirdly, we argue that accounting practices are central to these issues, yet these practices are often neglected by the wider management and organizational literatures. Accounting, we suggest, is constantly engaged in a dual hybridization process: seeking to make visible and calculable the hybrids that it encounters, while at the same time hybridizing itself through encounters with a range of other disciplines. We address these issues in three stages. In the first section, we draw attention to the key disciplines that have 'discovered' hybrids, albeit at different times and in differing ways. In the second section, some selected examples of hybrid practices, processes and expertises are identified and briefly discussed. In the third section, and in conclusion, the implications of accounting and hybrids for the management of risk are considered.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/CARR
Additional Information: © 2006 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: DP 40
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2011 16:48
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/36121/

Actions (login required)

Record administration - authorised staff only Record administration - authorised staff only