Institucional isomorphism in IPSAS adoption


The adoption of IPSAS is driven by various institutional factors that lead organizations to follow isomorphic behavior. Institutional isomorphism comes from various influences (coercive, mimetic, and normative), which could explain governments’ endorsement of this accounting model. This paper identifies and compares the factors and conditions that influence the adoption, adaptation, or non-adoption of IPSAS in different jurisdictions, from the institutional isomorphism perspective by using the systematic literature review methodology. Our findings account for the factors and conditions that isomorphically influenced IPSAS adoption or adaptation processes in various jurisdictions. Coercive isomorphism has been mostly driven by international institutions, while mimetic isomorphism is linked to governments’ search for trust. On the other hand, normative isomorphism has been related to the actions of political groups, public officials or professional institutions.


  • Carlos Augusto Rincón-Soto Universidad del Valle
  • Mauricio Gómez Villegas Universidad Nacional de Colombia


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Author Biographies

, Universidad del Valle

Associate Professor, Department of Accounting and Finance, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. Public Accountant, Master’s Degree in Accounting, Universidad del Valle, Colombia

, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Associate Professor, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia. Public Accountant, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Doctor in Accounting, Universitat de València, Spain. 

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How to Cite
Rincón-Soto, C. A. ., & Gómez Villegas, M. (2021). Institucional isomorphism in IPSAS adoption. Cuadernos De Administración, 36(68), 204-218.