Transformation Processes in Business Controlling: University of Duisburg-Essen Conducts Research Project

Tuesday, 30. September 2014

Business Controlling Environment Becoming Increasingly Complex and Dynamic

Business controlling is currently facing a dynamic stakeholder environment as well as new requirements with regards to technological change and the convergence of corporate functions. In order to meet these challenges, companies are launching various processes to adapt controlling functions, such as the reorganization or further development of controlling services or improved IT support for reporting.

Research Project Investigates Transformation Processes in Business Controlling

Such transformation processes are the subject of a research project carried out by the Department of General Business Administration and Controlling at University of Duisburg-Essen in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting, Finance Transformation Services. For this purpose, persons responsible for and participating in transformation processes at selected companies were interviewed in order to gain comprehensive insights into the transformation processes of individual companies. This also included the investigation of the introduction of the strategic planning software SOLYP3 at a company from the food industry during which interviews were conducted at the company itself as well as at SOLYP Informatik GmbH. The company developed an action-oriented strategy process that encompassed global companies within the group and the middle management, and which was implemented using SOLYP3. This approach allowed placing greater focus on the development of measures as well as the automation of parts of the process due to IT support.

Additional Information on Controlling Transformation

The research project resulted in a first journal article published in the Manager Magazin (4/2014) providing additional information on the subject of business controlling transformation. The article introduces a structured transformation process and discusses how to best apply it to the area of business controlling. Following some further analysis, which is currently being conducted, the results obtained will be published.

Bianca Drerup
Lehrstuhl für ABWL und Controlling
University Duisburg-Essen
Tel. 0203/379-2872