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Recognizing Macroeconomic Fluctuations in Value Based Management

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  • Oxelheim, Lars

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    (The Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

  • Wihlborg, Clas

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    (Copenhagen Business School)

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Value Based Management (VBM) has become a common tool for ex ante and ex post evaluation of corporate strategies and projects from the perspective of shareholder value maximization (SVM). VBM-frameworks are designed to support investment and divestment decisions, ex post evaluation of management and their major strategic decisions, and bonus-systems. Traditional VBM frameworks make no distinction between sources of temporary changes in performance, and sources of performance reflecting the intrinsic competitiveness of the firm. Temporary changes in performance are often caused by macroeconomic fluctuations. In this article we develop an approach for “filtering” the impact of macroeconomic fluctuations out of measures of performance in order for management to obtain better information for purposes of investment, divestment, and exposure management decisions. We focus on filtering for purposes of performance assessment employed in compensation schemes. A case study illustrates the approach, and shows the potential magnitude of effects from macroeconomic events.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 574.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 08 Feb 2002
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, 2003, pages 104-110.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0574

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Keywords: Value Based Management (VBM); Shareholder Value Analysis (SVA); Economic Value Added (EVA); Performance Measurement; Macroeconomic Fluctuations; Bonus System;

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  1. Lars Oxelheim & Clas Wihlborg, 1995. "Measuring macroeconomic exposure: The case of Volvo Cars," European Financial Management, European Financial Management Association, vol. 1(3), pages 241-263.
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Cited by:
  1. Andrén, Niclas & Oxelheim, Lars, 2002. "Exchange-Rate and Interest-Rate Driven Competitive Advantages in the EMU," Working Paper Series 2001/8, Lund University, Institute of Economic Research.
  2. Oxelheim, Lars & Wihlborg, Clas & Zhang, Jianhua, 2008. "Executive Compensation and Macroeconomic Fluctuations," Working Papers in Economics 301, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.

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