The balanced scorecard was first introduced by Kaplan and Norton
and is a way of enabling managers to view several areas of
corporate performance simultaneously. This book takes a practical
approach to identifying specific areas of measurement and putting
these into a coherent framework that is linked to overall strategic
objectives. There are case studies of major corporations such as
ABB, Coca-Cola, Electrolux, Rank Xerox, Skandia and Volvo, as well
as discussion of the relationships between the balanced scorecard
and other areas such as TQM, information systems and intellectual
capital. (Kirkus UK)
Since the groundbreaking work of Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton, the concept of the Balanced Scorecard has achieved increasing popularity in the business world. Previously, many organizations had built their business objectives around financial targets and goals that bore little relation to a long-term strategic vision. Typically, this leaves a gap between the development of a company's strategy and its implementation. The business scorecard, however, provides a more 'balanced view' by looking at not just financial concerns, but also customers, internal business processes, and learning and growth. But it is not just a system of performance measurement - by focusing on future potential success it can be used as a dynamic management system that reinforces, implements and drives corporate strategy forward.
In this book, the authors draw on their extensive experience with scorecard projects to provide a step-by-step method for introducing the Balanced Scorecard into an organization. This is done through the use of some of the most important practical examples in existence, with case studies from ABB, Coca Cola, Electrolux, British Telecom, Nat West, Skandia and Volvo. The desired strategic control system using scorecards that is presented focuses on creating and communicating a total comprehensive picture to all members of the organization from the top down, a long-term view of what the company's strategic objectives really are, how to make use of knowledge gained through experience and the required flexibility of such a system to cope with the fast-changing business environment.
The treatment of the Balanced Scorecard in this book should not be seen in isolation, but will be of interest to any organization introducing new forms of control. Related areas of interest include performance measures, management control, business strategy, strategy development, strategic planning, strategy implementation, knowledge management, intellectual capital and quality management.
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