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Exploring strategymisaligned performance measurement

Exploring strategymisaligned performance measurement Purpose The objective of this paper is to explore the possibility that some degree of misalignment between performance measures and strategy, far from being counterproductive, could indeed have some benefits. The research question underpinning this paper is what the benefits are of misalignment between performance measurement and strategy.Designmethodologyapproach This paper is based on the results of a fouryear empirical study into performance management. The four research sites were central government agencies that should be adept at managing realignment of performance measures, as government strategy is often the subject of frequent change. Data were collected from 30 semistructured interviews and from documentation.Findings It could be contended that alignment deterioration, in both private and public organisations, is a natural phenomenon resulting from either continuous changes in the external environment andor frequent, or at least occasional, changes in the internal environment. It could further be suggested that in some cases these misalignments might not be accidental but understood and created by the managers. All the senior managers interviewed understood that their measures ought to align with strategy.Research limitationsimplications The paper has several limitations including the limited number of organisations studied and the number of interviews conducted. The paper raises several questions for further research.Practical implications Several questions are posed for managers as to how they might deal with opportunities from the misalignment of performance measures and strategy.Originalityvalue A substantial body of knowledge has developed over the last 20 years on performance measurement and management in both the private and public sectors, though the majority of material is concerned with private sector applications. This review of the performance management literature has identified over 400 papers and texts, just under a quarter of which 92425 are set in a public sector context. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1741-0401
DOI
10.1108/17410400810857220
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Abstract

Purpose The objective of this paper is to explore the possibility that some degree of misalignment between performance measures and strategy, far from being counterproductive, could indeed have some benefits. The research question underpinning this paper is what the benefits are of misalignment between performance measurement and strategy.Designmethodologyapproach This paper is based on the results of a fouryear empirical study into performance management. The four research sites were central government agencies that should be adept at managing realignment of performance measures, as government strategy is often the subject of frequent change. Data were collected from 30 semistructured interviews and from documentation.Findings It could be contended that alignment deterioration, in both private and public organisations, is a natural phenomenon resulting from either continuous changes in the external environment andor frequent, or at least occasional, changes in the internal environment. It could further be suggested that in some cases these misalignments might not be accidental but understood and created by the managers. All the senior managers interviewed understood that their measures ought to align with strategy.Research limitationsimplications The paper has several limitations including the limited number of organisations studied and the number of interviews conducted. The paper raises several questions for further research.Practical implications Several questions are posed for managers as to how they might deal with opportunities from the misalignment of performance measures and strategy.Originalityvalue A substantial body of knowledge has developed over the last 20 years on performance measurement and management in both the private and public sectors, though the majority of material is concerned with private sector applications. This review of the performance management literature has identified over 400 papers and texts, just under a quarter of which 92425 are set in a public sector context.

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International Journal of Productivity and Performance ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 7, 2008

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