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Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747
Incorporates: Journal of Management History (Archive)

Online from: 1967

Subject Area: Management Science/Management Studies

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A model of the impact of mission statements on firm performance


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Title:A model of the impact of mission statements on firm performance
Author(s):Christopher K. Bart, (Michael G. DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada), Nick Bontis, (Michael G. DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada), Simon Taggar, (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland, Canada)
Citation:Christopher K. Bart, Nick Bontis, Simon Taggar, (2001) "A model of the impact of mission statements on firm performance", Management Decision, Vol. 39 Iss: 1, pp.19 - 35
Keywords:Alignment, Commitment, Organizational performance, Vision
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/EUM0000000005404 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:A relationship between mission and organizational performance was modeled by drawing on previous research. The model was tested with data from 83 large Canadian and US organizations. We found that mission statements can affect financial performance, however, not as one might have anticipated initially. Several mediating elements were observed to exist. For instance, “commitment to the mission” and the “degree to which an organization aligns its internal structure, policies and procedures with its mission” were both found to be positively associated with “employee behavior”. It was this latter variable which was observed, in turn, to have the most direct relationship with financial performance.



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