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Performance measurement in business process outsourcing decisions Insights from four case studies

Performance measurement in business process outsourcing decisions Insights from four case studies Purpose – Outsourcing research has identified that permanently governing and controlling the outsourcing provider is essential for a successful outsourcing engagement and has prioritised performance measurement systems as the most important tool to support governance and control. The purpose of this paper is to present four outsourcing contracts and conducts a detailed analysis of their performance measurement systems. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on case study analysis of four outsourcing projects. The performance measurement systems of these projects are analysed and interpreted against the balanced scorecard concept. Findings – Major findings of the cross‐case analysis are that almost only performance measurement systems based on the business process perspective were found. This structure is primarily determined by the underlying contract and compensation model. Links to the strategic objectives of the outsourcing project are missing. Research limitations/implications – The research is based on four cases and presents exploratory findings. These have implications towards future research, where a wider set of outsourcing decisions needs to be analysed. Originality/value – The paper contributes to a better understanding of performance measurement systems that are implemented at outsourcing engagements in practice. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

Performance measurement in business process outsourcing decisions Insights from four case studies

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1753-8297
DOI
10.1108/17538290911005171
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Abstract

Purpose – Outsourcing research has identified that permanently governing and controlling the outsourcing provider is essential for a successful outsourcing engagement and has prioritised performance measurement systems as the most important tool to support governance and control. The purpose of this paper is to present four outsourcing contracts and conducts a detailed analysis of their performance measurement systems. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on case study analysis of four outsourcing projects. The performance measurement systems of these projects are analysed and interpreted against the balanced scorecard concept. Findings – Major findings of the cross‐case analysis are that almost only performance measurement systems based on the business process perspective were found. This structure is primarily determined by the underlying contract and compensation model. Links to the strategic objectives of the outsourcing project are missing. Research limitations/implications – The research is based on four cases and presents exploratory findings. These have implications towards future research, where a wider set of outsourcing decisions needs to be analysed. Originality/value – The paper contributes to a better understanding of performance measurement systems that are implemented at outsourcing engagements in practice.

Journal

Strategic Outsourcing: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 20, 2009

Keywords: Outsourcing; Performance management; Balanced scorecard; Case studies

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