Purpose This paper aims to explore the role played by digital transformation (DT) in enabling continuous accounting (CA) and its impacts on intellectual capital (IC). In so doing, the paper provides momentum for the emerging trends of the DT movement in the field of accounting. Design/methodology/approach The analysis relies on the exploratory case study of Oracle, a multinational computer technology corporation that is constantly involved in DT processes. Data sources include semi-structured interviews and internal documentation. Findings The paper shows how CA is facilitated by DT, a process that allows collaborative relationships, learning and transparency. These activities contribute to IC empowerment through three main mechanisms: empowerment through dialogue, empowerment through learning and increased reliability of data. Practical implications The findings have practical implications by showing how DT applied to accounting provides a highly transparent way to collect, manage and analyze financial data, freeing time for high-value activities, optimizing decision-making processes and increasing IC. Originality/value DT and digital technologies have created new opportunities for companies - worldwide - to elaborate and communicate accounting information. The originality of this research derives from connecting DT to the relatively innovative topic of CA.

The role of digital transformation in enabling continuous accounting and the effects on intellectual capital: the case of Oracle

Maria Federica Izzo
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2021-01-01

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Purpose This paper aims to explore the role played by digital transformation (DT) in enabling continuous accounting (CA) and its impacts on intellectual capital (IC). In so doing, the paper provides momentum for the emerging trends of the DT movement in the field of accounting. Design/methodology/approach The analysis relies on the exploratory case study of Oracle, a multinational computer technology corporation that is constantly involved in DT processes. Data sources include semi-structured interviews and internal documentation. Findings The paper shows how CA is facilitated by DT, a process that allows collaborative relationships, learning and transparency. These activities contribute to IC empowerment through three main mechanisms: empowerment through dialogue, empowerment through learning and increased reliability of data. Practical implications The findings have practical implications by showing how DT applied to accounting provides a highly transparent way to collect, manage and analyze financial data, freeing time for high-value activities, optimizing decision-making processes and increasing IC. Originality/value DT and digital technologies have created new opportunities for companies - worldwide - to elaborate and communicate accounting information. The originality of this research derives from connecting DT to the relatively innovative topic of CA.
2021
Intellectual capital
Digital transformation
Continuous accounting
Continuous reporting
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