Manufacturing competition: how accounting practices shape strategy making in cities

Martin Kornberger, Chris Carter

Publikation: Wissenschaftliche FachzeitschriftOriginalbeitrag in FachzeitschriftBegutachtung


Recent years have witnessed an increasing number of cities develop strategies. The discourse of strategic management has become an obligatory point of passage for many city managers. This paper starts by posing an ostensibly simple question: why do cities need strategies? The commonsensical answer to the question is: because cities compete with each other. This paper aims to problematise the seemingly natural link between cities, competition and strategy. It also aims to explore the role that calculative practices play in creating city league tables that, in turn, function as the a priori condition that generates competition between cities.
Seiten (von - bis)325 - 349
FachzeitschriftAccounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2010