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Assessing the Performance of Business Unit Managers

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  • Bouwens, J.F.M.G.
  • Lent, L.A.G.M. van

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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Using a sample of 140 managers, we investigate the use of various performance metrics in determining the periodic assessment, bonus decisions, and career paths of business unit managers.We show that the weight on accounting return measures is associated with the authority of these managers, and we document that both disaggregated measures (expenses and revenues), and non-financial measures play a greater role as interdependencies between business units increase.The results suggest separate and distinct roles for different types of performance measures.Accounting return measures are used to create the proper incentives for managers with greater authority, while disaggregated and non-financial measures are employed in response to interdependencies.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2006-92.

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  1. Noeverman, J., 2010. "Not Just Because it is Fair - The Role of Feedback Quality and Voice in Performance Evaluation," ERIM Report Series Research in Management ERS-2010-048-ORG, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus Uni.
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