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Balanced scorecard versus French tableau de bord:beyond dispute, a cultural and ideological perspective


  • MALLERET, Veronique

    (ESSEC Business School)

  • NORREKLIT, Hanne

    (Aarhus School of Business)


Currently much attention is given to strategic measurement systems with the balanced scorecard as the far most high profiled. This US-born approach has not been very warmly welcome in France where tableau de bord, a French strategic measurement system, has been used for at least 50 years. The differences between both approaches have been variously discussed. This paper investigates the cultural and ideological hypotheses founding both methods, which may explain their differences as well as the climate surrounding the debate. This broadens up the usual perspective regarding performance measurement systems, which are usually implemented with respect to their strategic and organizational relevance - their cultural and ideological backgrounds being generally disregarded. In addition, this analysis provides some insight into the more general question of the transferability of management methods.

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  • MALLERET, Veronique & BOURGUIGNON, Annick & NORREKLIT, Hanne, 2001. "Balanced scorecard versus French tableau de bord:beyond dispute, a cultural and ideological perspective," Les Cahiers de Recherche 724, HEC Paris.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebg:heccah:0724

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    1. Jean-Pierre Ponssard & Olivier Saulpic, 2002. "Modelling performance in a Balanced Scorecard : findings from a case study," Working Papers hal-00243003, HAL.
    2. Marian TAICU, 2013. "Considerations Regarding The Implementation Of A Performance Management System In Private Hospitals," Scientific Bulletin - Economic Sciences, University of Pitesti, vol. 12(1), pages 72-84.
    3. Marian TAICU, 2014. "Prospects Of Management Accounting And Cost Calculation," Scientific Bulletin - Economic Sciences, University of Pitesti, vol. 13(2), pages 66-77.
    4. César Álvarez Pérez & Vicente Rodríguez Montequín & Francisco Ortega Fernández & Joaquín Villanueva Balsera, 2017. "Integrating Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Balanced Scorecard (BSC) Framework for Sustainable Business in a Software Factory in the Financial Sector," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 9(4), pages 1-16, March.
    5. Dragos Ionut IONESCU, 2014. "The Implementation Of The Tableau De Bord At S.C. Turbomecanica S.A," Business Excellence and Management, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 4(2), pages 63-71, June.

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    balanced score card; tableau de bord; cultural perspective;

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    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting

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