The benefits of an e-business performance measurement system

Barnes, David and Hinton, Matthew (2010). The benefits of an e-business performance measurement system. In: Nansi, Shi and Silvius, Gilbert eds. Enterprise IT Governanace, Business Value and Performance Measurement. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, pp. 158–169.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-60566-346-3.ch011

Abstract

This chapter investigates how organizations have been adapting their performance measurement practices in response to their adoption of e-business in their business operations. It aims to identify the features and benefits of an effective e-business performance measurement system. Twelve organizations known to have had some success in developing performance measurement systems suitable for the online environment were studied. The researchers found that these organizations adopted an incremental rather than a radical approach to changing their performance measurement system for e-business, thereby avoiding the costs and disruption associated with the introduction of more complex performance metrics. Secondly, they eschewed the use of best practice recipes (such as the balanced scorecard). The study concludes that although these results may be at odds with the prescriptive generic performance measurement literature, they may be appropriate for the current state of development of e-business.

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