Generating organisational performance

Mike Bourne (Centre for Business Performance, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)
Andrey Pavlov (Centre for Business Performance, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)
Monica Franco-Santos (Centre for Business Performance, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)
Lorenzo Lucianetti (Department of Management and Business Administration, University of Chieti and Pescara, Pescara, Italy)
Matteo Mura (Department of Management, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Publication date: 11 November 2013

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to advance the current debates on the effect of performance measurement (PM) in the operations management domain. In order to accomplish that, it investigates the contribution of business PM and human resource management (HRM) practices to business performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based on ten case studies conducted across both manufacturing and service organisations capturing evidence from both the human resource function and line management.

Findings

In the PM and HRM literatures, there is a debate about the contribution these practices make to the overall performance of the organisation. In particular, the results from the PM literature are inconclusive. This paper argues that performance is a result of employee engagement and that the PM system is a communication and guiding mechanism, which if implemented well and used appropriately, can channel the efforts of employees striving to perform.

Originality/value

This paper contradicts the performance drivers approach to PM by providing new insights into the roles PM and HRM practices play in delivering business performance. Additionally, the paper develops a set of propositions as a means of clearly stating the findings and for encouraging future research in this area.

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Citation

Bourne, M., Pavlov, A., Franco-Santos, M., Lucianetti, L. and Mura, M. (2013), "Generating organisational performance", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 33 No. 11/12, pp. 1599-1622. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-07-2010-0200

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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