Anton Borell

Doktorand, PhD student

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Works at Stockholm Business School
Telephone 08-16 37 21
Visiting address Kräftriket hus 24
Room 24:137
Postal address Företagsekonomiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me


One institutionalized idea among societies is the one of mass schooling, as we have given it a legitimate status in organising our life. Parents entrust it for taking care of their children while leaving off for work; pupils spend years through the system for attaining knowledge and skills that are considered important; citizens want it in order to make a better future society, and so forth. Due to its institutionalized status within societies, we typically hear arguments that supports its own existence, as we believe that these organizations are able to a) socialize our children into democratic citizens, b) legitimatize distribution of status and work in society and c) to do so on equal and meritocratic basis. In other words, whilst it is more common to hear arguments about more or better schooling, it is rather rear to hear that we need less schooling. 
It is perhaps due to the prominent status in our society that schools are sites where contradictions of performance occur, because there are multiple ideas upon what performance is or how to achieve it. For instance, what jobs are going to be important for our economy in the next 10, 20 or 30 years? Is schooling only about to allocate jobs in the marketplace, or ensuring inner cultivation? Should we allow religious schools in a secularized society, or are we right to exercise our beliefs in a democratic system? If we want an equal school for everyone, what aspects do we mean by that? Should we organize it by trusting the professionals or should we trust choice for the individuals? These are only a few out of many questions that are up for concerns in relation to how to manage schooling. Thus, it is evident that schools are faced with different conceptions of how to control and organize for performance. 
This project aims to grasp upon how accounting (i.e. performance evaluation/measurement and budgeting) are interrelated with different conceptions of control, and how these in turn leads to contradictions, compromises, resistance and reproduction of social orders (e.g. the constructed decision-makers, the appropriate organizing methods, values and beliefs) among those who work in the school setting. The study is situated mainly within the school- and municipality level and draws upon interviews, document analysis and participant observations. The project started in September 2016 and aims to be completed in 2021.


Anton is currently teaching Management Accounting & Financial Reporting, but has also been involverad in Red-I, ES-II, FIN-I, LOM och SOS. 


Topic: Performance management & measurement, financial accounting, public sector, institutional complexity, new public management, Swedish schools

Last updated: January 13, 2019

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