The Link Between Perception of BSC Implementation and Corporate Strategy and its Impact on Performance

32 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2010  

Majidul Islam

Concordia University, Quebec - Department of Accountancy

Date Written: August 16, 2010

Abstract

Behavioral aspects and attitudes toward the balanced scorecard (BSC) could be a determinant factor in the success of BSC implementation. In the study we examine the match between factors affecting employee buying into the BSC and corporate strategy and whether a fit between them is necessary to maximize the benefits of BSC implementation by enhancing corporate performance. Conforming to our expectations, we found that firms that carefully planned their strategic objectives were more likely to have a positive impact on their employees’ perception of the BSC. A deliberate strategy - or planned strategy - as defined by Mintzberg (1978) is associated with higher levels of BSC awareness, perception of BSC ease of use, perception of BSC usefulness, and intention to use the BSC. We also found that higher perceptions of BSC ease of use were positively associated with aspects of a firm’s performance, such as from the customer, internal processes, and learning and innovation perspectives. Hence, we conclude that firms implementing the BSC need to take into consideration that the successful implementation of the BSC requires careful planning to ensure that the firm’s strategic objectives are well formulated, fitted with BSC measures, and effectively communicated to BSC users.

JEL Classification: M40, M46, M19

Suggested Citation

Islam, Majidul, The Link Between Perception of BSC Implementation and Corporate Strategy and its Impact on Performance (August 16, 2010). AAA 2011 Management Accounting Section (MAS) Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1659845 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1659845

Majidul Islam (Contact Author)

Concordia University, Quebec - Department of Accountancy ( email )

Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8
Canada

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