How to support managers when they are pursuing the organizational strategy? Which information is useful to them, and how does this information affect the behaviour of employees?
MSc Management Accounting and Control (the new name of the current Organizational & Management Control) concentrates on enabling managers to achieve organizational goals. It involves studying the effectiveness and other implications of control practices. During this programme you will gain knowledge about accounting and financial management techniques. These techniques are used to provide (non-)financial information and to develop planning and control systems. You will also develop the skills needed to communicate the information in an effective manner. The techniques will be placed in a context of broader issues, such as strategy and culture, and special attention will be paid to changes in accounting systems. You will explore subjects like management accounting, financial management, management control and management of change. A combination of teaching and assessment methods is used. Every year, around 60 students follow the programme.
Important to know
As of September 1, 2019, the name of the Organizational & Management Control profile of the MSc Business Administration will change to Management Accounting and Control. With this name change, the goal is to provide you with a clearer understanding of what this master programme has to offer. The MSc BA Management Accounting and Control will enable you to connect the information needs of managers (i.e. Management Accounting) to state-of-the-art knowledge about human behaviour (i.e. Management Control). The new name highlights the accounting content of the programme, which is valued strongly by employers. Moreover, as the new name is more similar to that of comparable programmes, it will be easier for employers to recognise it. Therefore, the new name will add value to your diploma in the labour market. Please note that the content of the study programme will remain the same. This means that you will still be able to decide for yourself if you select financially-oriented electives, or choose a more general business orientation.
"Learn to apply an organisation's strategy to its structure"
I find the programme a very interesting specialisation because there are lots of options at a high academic level.
During my bachelor degree, I was particularly interested in the guidance and management of organisations, so I didn't have to think long before I decided to follow this specialisation. This degree teaches you to apply an organisation's strategy to the organisational structure and the setup and implementation of the various control systems so that staff behaviour and therefore the entire organisation can be managed. A great deal of attention is also paid to the financial application of certain strategic decisions. I find the study programme a very interesting specialisation because there are lots of options at a high academic level. During my final-year internship at the Onderwijs Service Groep in Assen, I developed a risk-management model for use in secondary education. An internship can delay your studies but it's a very enlightening experience. I am also involved in a number of other activities, I have been an advisory student member of the Faculty Board and I hold several student assistantships. After I graduate, I would like to work for an organisation that is concerned with society, for example, a ministry or educational institution, or even a for-profit organisation that is socially engaged. Sustainability and honesty should be the main features of a company's business operations and culture.