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Measuring university performance using a knowledge‐based balanced scorecard

Abouzar Zangoueinezhad (Faculty of Management and Economics, Tarbiat Modares University of Iran, Tehran, Iran)
Asghar Moshabaki (Faculty of Management and Economics, Tarbiat Modares University of Iran, Tehran, Iran)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 1 November 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The application of fuzzy multiple attribute decision making (FMADM) approach in evaluation of organizations has grown recently, and it is combined with knowledge‐based university evaluation parameters in this study. The paper seeks to propose a FMADM approach for measuring university performance on the four knowledge‐based perspectives of a balanced scorecard.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach first summarizes the evaluation indexes extracted from the university performance literature. Then, the relative weights of the chosen evaluation indexes are calculated using the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process (FAHP). The fuzzy sets theory was adapted to university performance analysis.

Findings

The results reveal the critical aspects of the evaluation criteria as well as the gaps to improve university performance in order to achieve the aspired/desired level.

Research limitations/implications

The paper reveals the key issues in the existing performance evaluation method, especially in the university context.

Practical implications

This research analyses the performance of a university based on the knowledge‐based indexes in the four BSC perspectives, using a FME‐MADM approach. It considers specific knowledge‐based metrics for each perspective.

Originality/value

Although implementation of the performance measures in universities are now widespread, there is no considerable literature that sufficiently addresses the various issues faced by organizations during university implementation. The paper proposes application of the balanced knowledge‐based scorecard to universities aiming at evaluating performance annually.

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Citation

Zangoueinezhad, A. and Moshabaki, A. (2011), "Measuring university performance using a knowledge‐based balanced scorecard", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 60 No. 8, pp. 824-843. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410401111182215

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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