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The concept of uncertainty was introduced into conventional models Laughlin & Lowe 21 in the late sixties (cf. Jaedicke and Robichek, 1964; Jensen, 1968). These developments of the 'conventional wisdom' were further enhanced by the use of information economics (cf. Demski and Feltham, 1976) and some time later, 'game theory' (cf. Baiman, 1975 and 1979; Sundem, 1979), 'agency theory' and 'transaction cost theory'. An important consequence of these economic theory based developments in management accounting was to bring the design of accounting systems issues much more to the fore.

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