Quotation Kornberger, Martin, Carter, Chris. 2010. Manufacturing competition: how accounting practices shape strategy making in cities. Accounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal. 23 (3), 325-349.




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.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Accounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Manufacturing competition: how accounting practices shape strategy making in cities
Volume 23
Number 3
Year 2010
Page from 325
Page to 349
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513571011034325
Open Access N


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