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The benefits of e-business performance measurement systems : A Report for Cima-the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Research Project No. Co: 1754848 - Matthew Hinton

The benefits of e-business performance measurement systems

A Report for Cima-the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Research Project No. Co: 1754848


Published: 8th July 2008
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To participate fully in the new world of e-business, organisations have to make significant financial investments. How then, should they evaluate e-business investment proposals and monitor the resulting performance of their on-line business operations? To what extent are traditional performance measurement systems fit for a world where clicks not bricks determine business success? This CIMA report describes research investigating how organisations have been adapting their performance measurement systems for e-business. The research aimed to identify the features and benefits of an effective e-business performance measurement system by studying twelve organisations that have had some success in developing performance measurement systems suitable for the on-line environment.

* Based on four years of case study research inlcuding interviews with 12 managers
* offers a distinctive view of e-business in measuring the performance of a business
* Recommendations are made based on the findings from cross case analysis

Executive Summary
- A brief summary of the findings of the research.
- Background to e-business
- Research objectives
- Structure of the report
Literature Review
- review of previous research and writings on the subject of e-business performance measurement.
Research Methodology
- outline of the methods used to research the topic ? namely a case study method, based on qualitative data obtained from key informants within the organisation. Additional data came from company documents.
- Twelve managers participated in the study.
- - the data was collected either by taped interview or by email questionnaire.
Individual Case Study Summaries
- Each case is briefly described
Cross Case Analysis
- the case studies are grouped into sectors and their responses analysed. Several diagrams used.
- Summary of findings from cross case analysis
- examines and discusses the main case study findings in the light of current literature and with regard to the research methodology.
Conclusions and Recommendations
- the research showed that companies have not invested as much as expected into the area of e-business performance measurement system. What has been developed appears to be on an ad hoc basis resulting in the conclusions that:
- organisations do not currently feel the need to make major changes to their performance measurement system for e-business; and
- best practice advice in performance measurement may be less influential than that reported as typical.
- Five recommendations are made.
Literature generated from this project
- conference papers produced.

ISBN: 9780080888057
ISBN-10: 0080888054
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 100
Published: 8th July 2008
Publisher: Elsevier Science