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Contribution of the socio-economic management control to steering balanced and sustainable company overall performance

Olivier Voyant (ISEOR, Magellan, IAE Lyon, Université Jean Moulin, Lyon, France)
Marc Bonnet (ISEOR, Magellan, IAE Lyon, Université Jean Moulin, Lyon, France)
Patrick Tabchoury (Faculty of Business and Management, University of Balamand, El-Koura, Lebanon and ISEOR, Magellan, IAE Lyon, Université Jean Moulin Lyon, France)
Frantz Datry (ISEOR, Magellan, IAE Lyon, Université Jean Moulin, Lyon, France)

Society and Business Review

ISSN: 1746-5680

Article publication date: 10 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to show that steering overall performance requires not only juxtaposing indicators focused on economic, social and environmental performance but also negotiating the measurement of performance metrics with all the stakeholders.

Design/methodology/approach

This is an action-research and intervention-research project aimed at experimenting an integrated and negotiated management control system for overall performance. The choice for the case study is a hospital in the Middle East that practices green management and that has to be self-financed while accepting all patients, even those who cannot pay.

Findings

The integration of the three dimensions of overall performance requires involving all stakeholders in the implementation of innovative management control.

Research limitations/implications

The case is a pilot experiment and shows the conditions for an appropriate design of an overall performance management control methodology. However, further experiments should be carried out to shed light on the factors that form invariants regarding integrated performance log-books.

Practical implications

The study design is that of a management control methodology that enables the short- and long-run economic impacts of social and environmental performance.

Social implications

The action-research process has proved to be a learning experience for the hospital and both internal and external stakeholders. However, replicability remains to be proven through experimenting the method in various settings.

Originality/value

This paper shows the need for negotiation of overall performance with all stakeholders to design and implement an appropriate participative approach to management control.

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Citation

Voyant, O., Bonnet, M., Tabchoury, P. and Datry, F. (2017), "Contribution of the socio-economic management control to steering balanced and sustainable company overall performance", Society and Business Review, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 216-234. https://doi.org/10.1108/SBR-11-2016-0067

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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