Traditional budgeting during financial crisis

  1. Marie Anne Lorain 1
  2. Aurora García Domonte 2
  3. Francisco Sastre Peláez 2
  1. 1 ESCP Europe (España)
  2. 2 Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICADE
Management Letters / Cuadernos de Gestión

ISSN: 1131-6837

Year of publication: 2015

Volume: 15

Issue: 2

Pages: 65-90

Type: Article

DOI: 10.5295/CDG.140480AG DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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This study examines the evolution of budgeting practices in the extremely difficult Spanish economic environment. In order to analyse if companies are still maintaining their budgeting process and if, right now, they are facing more difficulties in forecasting accurate indicators, two similar web surveys were addressed over two periods of time, firstly in 2008 at the beginning of the financial crisis, and secondly in 2013 after five years of a downward trend. In addition, in-depth interviews were conducted to investigate how companies brought more flexibility to their budgeting process in order to cope with environmental uncertainty. The survey indicates that 97% of respondents are still using a traditional budgeting process being this result similar to the one found in 2008. However, 2013 showed that the reliance on forecasted information is being in creasingly questioned. Furthermore the study revealed that the respondents are bringing more flexibility to their processes, being able to modify the objectives once the budget is approved and to obtain new resources outside the budgeting process. This paper contributes to revealing information about difficulties in setting reliable objectives in a turbulent environment and provides data about the evolution of budgeting practices over five years during an austere economic crisis.

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