Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Implementation Case Studies in Accounting: A Beginning to End Perspective

Chanyuan Zhang, Hussein Issa, Andrea Rozario, Jonas Sveistrup Soegaard

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Robotic process automation (RPA) possesses several features that may give rise to similar but also new adoption effects (both benefits and challenges) relative to other information technology (IT) implementations. Our study adds to the accounting and emerging technologies literature by examining the beginning to end process through which RPA is implemented in the accounting function. We adopt an exploratory and case-centered research methodology based on a mature RPA implementation in an accounting setting. We further corroborate it with interviews with subject matter experts and compare it with another case study of an early-stage RPA implementation. We identify five themes related to RPA adoption in accounting functions: workforce, IT governance, privacy and security, system sustainability, and the measurement of RPA success. We also present key takeaways that may support effective RPA adoption in accounting. Our study provides both academics and practitioners with insights about the effects of RPA implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-217
Number of pages25
JournalAccounting Horizons
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2023


  • accounting
  • data security and privacy
  • IT governance
  • robotic process automation
  • workforce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting


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