Integrated data management: New perspectives for management control

Paolini Antonella

The purpose of this special issue is to contribute to the international debate on novel approaches to corporate data management for the improvement of management control systems. The theme embraces the interdisciplinary relationships that management controls and the accounting function that it, increasingly, should have with other disciplines. These relationships are permeated by both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Quantitative models include those created through data science and those that refer to mathematics, statistics, and information technology. Moreover, corporate data management models combining qualitative and quantitative approaches are explored and discussed within disciplinary areas that, due to their consolidated history, are close to management control: e.g., legal, sociological, historical and other humanities areas. This theme embraces not only business data management but also knowledge management; it is not only about internal (accounting and non-accounting) data, but also about external data of a statistical, economic, and social nature, which are of interest from different disciplinary perspectives concerning the integrated management of accounting data and Big Data. With the development of new technologies, such as the ‘Internet of Things’, and the increasingly extensive applications of blockchain, social networks, and mobile devices, organizations are generating huge volumes of data in different formats much faster than in the past. In this sense, big data analytics techniques present opportunities to improve decision-making processes of both a strategic and an operational nature, due to their ability to extract knowledge from data, to facilitate problem solving, and to favor predictive and prescriptive approaches to business phenomena. From an organizational point of view, it is important to analyze the impact of Big Data on the professional profiles of actors typically involved in accounting and management control processes.

Keywords: Digital transformation, Data management, Digital technologies, Knowledge management, Blockchain, Big data