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International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401
Previously published as: Work Study

Online from: 2004

Subject Area: Performance Management and Measurement

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Effective quality management through third-generation balanced scorecard

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Title:Effective quality management through third-generation balanced scorecard
Author(s):Henrik V. Andersen, (2GC Active Management, Maidenhead, UK,), Gavin Lawrie, (2GC Active Management, Maidenhead, UK,), Nenad Savic, (5K Management Consulting, Domžale, Slovenia)
Citation:Henrik V. Andersen, Gavin Lawrie, Nenad Savic, (2004) "Effective quality management through third-generation balanced scorecard", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 53 Iss: 7, pp.634 - 645
Keywords:Balanced scorecard, International standards, Performance management, Quality programmes, Strategic planning, Total quality management
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/17410400410561259 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:Quality initiatives in the West have produced limited long-term success compared with equivalent initiatives in Japan. Some claim that this is due to the absence of explicit links between strategy and operational initiatives. The paper aims to tests this claim and suggests an approach that better supports quality management initiatives. The paper is based on a combination of literature review and case studies. It supports the assumption that an explicit link between strategy and operational initiatives is a critical success factor in deriving long-term benefits from quality initiatives. It is an equally important feature of best practice performance management system design and the paper finds that quality management initiatives can be implemented more successfully, when associated with a robust corporate performance management approach based on modern strategic control principles. The paper demonstrates how the latest evolution of balanced scorecard – third-generation balanced scorecard – adheres to such control principles and illustrates how it supports effective application of a number of popular quality management tools. The limited success of quality initiatives, along with the continued popularity of some of these tools, suggests that any approach, which effectively helps decrease the risk of failure, would carry significant value.

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