M. van de Belt
- Enabling performance measurement in a small professional service firm
- The International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management
- Volume | Issue number
- 61 | 8
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
- Amsterdam Business School Research Institute (ABS-RI)
Purpose - Showing why developing an enabling PMS can be useful to small PSFs and how small PSFs can develop such an enabling PMS.
Design/methodology/approach - We used a process-consultation type of action research design. We developed an enabling PMS in close cooperation with the employees of a small PSF. The effects of this intervention were assessed by means of document analysis, participant observation, and individual/group interviews.
Findings - The enabling PMS development process helped the firm deal with three challenges common to small PSFs: (1) it increased employees’ understanding about how to apply the firm’s strategy, (2) it led to greater knowledge exchange among employees, and (3) it enabled them to create new knowledge.
Research limitations/implications - This study’s results suggest the type of intervention used for developing an enabling PMS—that has already been shown to be effective in large firms—may also be useful for small PSFs. Similarities and differences with the intervention in large firms are discussed.
Practical implications - Small PSFs may benefit from the approach described herein: to develop a PMS in a participatory manner. It is especially useful if interested in better alignment of Operations with Strategy and/or to better explicate tacit and create new firm-relevant knowledge.
Originality/value - This is the first study about developing an enabling PMS in a small PSF.
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