Management accounting in third sector: Empirical study in private social solidarity institutions


  • Márcia R. Cadete Santos ESGHT/Universidade do Algarve
  • Raul M. S. Laureano Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Escola de Gestão
  • Maria João Machado Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Escola de Gestão


Management accounting, third sector, non-profit organisations (NPO), private non-profit charity institutions (IPSS), decision-making.


In today’s economy, state and philanthropic support is extremely selective, failing to address all requests of social sector institutions. Private non-profit charity institutions (IPSS) – social institutions par excellence – are also affected by the reality of this constraint and, as such, are expected to apply the allocated resources effectively and efficiently in order to justify receiving awards. In order to understand to what extent the management of these organisations have information to support their decision-making, this research sought to relate the level of maturity of the management accounting systems with elements influencing organisational capacity: stakeholders and human and financial resources. Through a survey of 61 IPSS, it was found that, even when it was possible to obtain management information to identify deficit situations, the accounting systems in use do not guarantee support for decision-making. As justification, institutions indicate possessing sufficient information, which can reveal a non-perception of obsolete systems, highlighting the need for training in third sector organisations.

Author Biography

  • Márcia R. Cadete Santos, ESGHT/Universidade do Algarve
    PhD, Adjunct Professor, ESGHT/University of Algarve Web Manager of the Journal Encontros Científicos - Tourism & Management Studies  Director of the undergraduate Course in Hotelmanagement, ESGHT/University of Algarve






Business/Management: Research Papers

How to Cite

Cadete Santos, M. R., Laureano, R. M. S., & Machado, M. J. (2024). Management accounting in third sector: Empirical study in private social solidarity institutions. Tourism & Management Studies, 10, 79-87.