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Researching performance measurement systems: An information systems perspective

Marie Marchand (Institut de recherche sur les PME, Université du Québec à Trois‐Rivières, Trois‐Rivières, Canada)
Louis Raymond (Institut de recherche sur les PME, Université du Québec à Trois‐Rivières, Trois‐Rivières, Canada)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Article publication date: 19 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to clarify the notions that underlie performance measurement systems (PMS) and to propose an information systems (IS)‐based characterisation and definition of PMS, that is, as a performance management information system (PMIS).

Design/methodology/approach

Research on PMS can be enhanced by a clear, precise and uniform characterisation of this research object in IS terms A classification scheme is developed and the contribution areas of an IS perspective to PMS research are presented and exemplified.

Findings

The knowledge developed in IS research in the form of IS theories, models and methods can be applied in research on PMS, particularly in empirical studies that analyse the individual and organisational behaviours associated with the PMS phenomenon.

Research limitations/implications

The conceptualisation and definition of PMS, as found in the literature, have not truly reflected their basic nature and characterisation as IS.

Practical implications

The research benefits of an IS‐based approach are illustrated through a PMS usage model founded on IS theory. In so doing, a contribution is made to the PMS research field by reinforcing its theoretical and empirical foundations.

Originality/value

This study proposes a novel and demonstrably useful IS‐based perspective, including an improved conceptualization and definition of PMS.

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Citation

Marchand, M. and Raymond, L. (2008), "Researching performance measurement systems: An information systems perspective", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 28 No. 7, pp. 663-686. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443570810881802

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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