In the early days when people started conducting trade they learned to arrange financial information in a systematic manner. As time progressed further the concept of accounting gained popularity and people introduced several changes to make it more effective and useful for maintaining financial records. Management accounting is a branch of the traditional accounting system that is used by the managers to obtain the valuable information about the business. Management accounting plays a vital role in the decision making process. Managers use management accounting to derive information while making business decisions.
With time the international business environment has undergone several changes. Due to the effect of globalisation, businesses have lost their geographical boundaries; therefore there has been a requirement of an accounting system that assists in understanding global business environments. The governments of the different nations are also more concerned in making the business activities more transparent by making the accounting standards stringent. Therefore, the management has to maintain an effective accounting system so that information regarding the external environment can be used to make the business policies proactive.
Requirement of an effective and advanced accounting system has resulted in the development of a strategic accounting system. In the given project a thorough comparison will be made between management accounting system and strategic accounting system. The main aim is to analyse how far strategic accounting system is effective in overcoming the drawbacks of management accounting system and to assist managers in developing a sustainable business environment.
Management accounting provides the information required by the managers for planning, controlling and decision making (Jiambalvo, 2007, p.2). In the process of decision making related to resources allocation, making