Measurement Madness. Recognizing and Avoiding the Pitfalls of Performance Measurement

  • ID: 2216255
  • Book
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Measurement Madness

"What a refreshing read instead of another manual on how to design and deploy measurement systems, this book looks at the real issues associated with measurement and how to avoid ′measurement madness′. A must read for anyone involved in improving their organization′s measurement approaches."
Professor Andy Neely, University of Cambridge; author of The Performance Prism

"Measurement drives behaviours in mysterious ways. Human beings seem the one factor that messes up those carefully designed measurement systems. Measurement Madness makes the only sane argument: performance measurement is meant to affect people′s behaviours, and functional and dysfunctional behaviours follow certain patterns. If you want your measurement system to work in practice, Gray, Micheli and Pavlov are your guides."
Frank Buytendijk, Research VP at Gartner; author of Performance Leadership

"Performance measurement is at the very core of management. How can anyone be better if they don′t know how good they are? Yet, devising a good performance measurement system requires a profound understanding of how people actually behave when they are measured. This book is very welcome, as it is both wise and practical, full of sensible advice and extremely readable."
Professor Nigel Slack, University of Warwick; author of Operations Management

"We tend to assume that a performance measurement system is a tool to check how an organization is doing. In practice, its role is mainly to direct behaviours. This book provides excellent illustrations of how and why such behaviours can end up being very positive or absolutely perverse."
Anna D′Alessandro, CFO at Westminster City Council

"Getting performance measures to work effectively for a business is always a challenge. This book provides great ideas for navigating that tricky path."
Mark Baker, Head of Risk and Financial Planning, Pentland Brands

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1 The Road to Insanity

2 Performance and Measurement


3 Measuring For Measurement′s Sake

4 All I Need is the Right Measure!

5 Comparing Performance


6 Target Turmoil

7 Gaming and Cheating

8 Hoping for A but Rewarding Something Completely Different

9 Failing Rewards and Rewarding Failure


10 Will Measurement Madness ever be Cured? 



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DINA GRAY, PhD is a Strategic Business Consultant lecturing on Cranfield University′s Executive Education programmes, and she is also Chair of the Regional Advisory Boards for the Innovation Group plc. advising on strategic performance implementation.

PIETRO MICHELI, PhD is Associate Professor of Organizational Performance at Warwick Business School. As a management consultant, he has worked with over 30 organizations, private and public. As a researcher, he has published widely on the subjects of performance measurement and innovation.

ANDREY PAVLOV, PhD is a Lecturer in Business Performance Management at Cranfield School of Management and Director of the Executive MSc in Managing Organisational Performance at Cranfield. He is a regular speaker at conferences around the world, and his work has been published in numerous industry and academic journals.

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