The impact of the performance measurement systems in setting the 'direction' in the University of Warwick

E. Tapinos, R. G. Dyson, M. Meadows

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This paper presents a case study examining the role of performance measurement systems in setting organizational 'direction'. There is a growing concern in the existing literature to link the development of organizational 'direction' with performance measurement systems. Furthermore, the alignment between organizational 'direction', strategy and performance measurement is an area of increasing interest for both academics and practitioners. However, there is no adequate research recorded in the literature on the use of the performance measurement systems and the potential impact that performance measurement can have in setting the organizational 'direction'. This study reports the findings of a case study from one of the leading academic institutions in the UK, the University of Warwick, presenting the main characteristics of its performance measurement system and attempting to explain the connection with setting the university's 'direction'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-198
Number of pages10
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Warwick Business School (WBS) is one of the largest and most recognized departments of the university with over 300 staff and 3,700 students and participants, offering a great number of undergraduate, postgraduate and special masterclass courses. It received distinguished recognition in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2001 when it was rated among the top three Business Schools in UK. Further, it was rated as ‘excellent’ in teaching by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). It is worth mentioning that WBS has a relatively newly appointed Dean.


  • Case study
  • Direction setting
  • Higher education
  • Performance measurement
  • Universities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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