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Measuring Business Excellence

ISSN: 1368-3047

Online from: 1997

Subject Area: Performance Management and Measurement

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Assessing energy within organisations

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Title:Assessing energy within organisations
Author(s):G. Schiuma, (Director of the Center for Value Management – LIEG-DAPIT, University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy and also based at Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK), S. Mason, (Research Fellow, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK), M. Kennerley, (Research Fellow, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)
Citation:G. Schiuma, S. Mason, M. Kennerley, (2007) "Assessing energy within organisations", Measuring Business Excellence, Vol. 11 Iss: 3, pp.69 - 78
Keywords:Employee behaviour, Group dynamics, Leadership, Organizations, Performance management
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/13683040710820764 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

PurposeThe energy of employees is recognised as an important factor in their performance and in maximising their overall contribution to the organisation. Organisational energy is dynamic in nature; it is more than just the sum of the energy of its employees. It also includes the interaction and dynamics of teams and the organisation as a whole. This paper aims to provide an investigation of the role and relevance of energy in driving business performance.

Design/methodology/approachThis paper explores the relevance of assessing energy within an organisation in order to drive business performance. It examines the sources and dynamics of energy, in order to provide insights into the nature of energetic organisations, and how they can leverage the concept of energy to improve business performance.

FindingsAdopting a deductive approach, on the basis of a literature review, the paper proposes an explanatory framework for understanding the relationship between energy and performance – The Energy Performance Chain.

Research limitations/implicationsThe paper proposes a novel framework and approach for understanding the link between energy and organisational performance that can form the basis for further empirical research.

Practical implicationsThe paper provides a framework for practicing managers to understand the concept of energy at work and how they can leverage organisational energy to improve their organisational performance.

Originality/valueThe paper provides a novel investigation of energy as a driver or organisational performance, providing a framework and approach to leveraging energy in organisations.

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