Aligning strategy and performance measurement systems in the service sector companies: The greek example

Androniki Triantafylli, Apostolos Ballas

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Abstract

This study explores whether the implementation of Management Control Systems (MCS) by the Greek shipping companies influences the adoption of their performance measurement systems and the implication of this choice on organizational performance. The study uses data collected from semi-structured interviews and a survey instrument addressed to shipping companies located in Greece. The paper finds evidence that MCS are defined in terms of the informational purposes these MCS fulfill. Analysis of responses to the questionnaire results that the choice of MCS is contingent upon the strategy pursued by the shipping companies. In addition, evidence suggests that shipping companies with an optimal fit between their strategy and their MCS experience superior performance and higher perceived usefulness of MCS. Moreover, it is concluded that Greek shipping companies adopt subjective performance measures irrespective of the MCS they implement and that this choice leads to enhanced perceived performance. © 2010 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-425
Number of pages38
JournalStudies in Managerial and Financial Accounting
Volume20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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