Separating and Integrating Non-financial and Financial Measures: A Case Study of a Sporting Organization Playing the Value-in-kind (VIK) Game

Brian Anthony Burfitt*, Jane Baxter, Jan Mouritsen

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to characterise types of practices – or “routings” as they are denoted in this paper – that have been developed to incorporate non-financial inscriptions, representing value-in-kind (VIK) sponsorship resources, into accounting systems. Design/methodology/approach: This study adopts field-based research, utilising Latour's (1999) concept of “circulating reference”, to illustrate how VIK (non-cash) resources were managed in an Australian sporting organization. Findings: This paper contributes to our understanding of: first, how accounting infrastructure is constituted and stabilised by a network of multiple and overlapping accounting practices; second, how VIK resources are allocated and managed via local practices; and third, the importance of “budget relief” as a method of valuation in accounting practice. Research limitations/implications: Our paper has implications for understanding how financial and non-financial accounting inscriptions are related in practice, requiring both integration and separation within networks of multiple and overlapping routings of accounting practices. Originality/value: Our work highlights previously unexplored accounting practices, which assist in the process of utilizing VIK resources in the context of a sporting organization.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAccounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)1871-1907
Number of pages37
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Published online: 4. August 2020


  • Accounting and sport
  • Accounting infrastructure
  • Budget relief
  • Circulating reference
  • Non-financial inscriptions
  • Value-in-kind
  • VIK

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