in a nutshell
In business, as in life, you need balance. The Balanced Scorecard is a holistic tool for strategic management. It offers, in fact, the possibility of assessing corporate performance in its wholeness. An overview that embraces four perspectives: the business/financial side, customers and stakeholders, internal processes, and learning and growth.
• Customer care: Since the value of a company no longer depends solely on profit, but also on customer perception, it is inevitable to strengthen customer care. Regular consumers may even become the most important brand promoters. After all, the concept of the Balanced Scorecard is that improvement in one area will inevitably reflect on the others.
• Strategy: A balanced evaluation form helps outline the path the company is on, identifying the value pieces that make up that path. Holistic performance evaluation, by considering aspects that are usually overlooked, pushes for improvement in terms of strategy, for a planning process that keeps all the pieces connected between the various business components.
• Training: One of the cornerstones of business success is undoubtedly the innovation and learning pillar. Consequently, constant and sustained staff training is something to focus on, starting with the HR department.
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• Balanced Scorecard in the IT and technology industry
ECI is an American company that provides end-to-end technology solutions for the financial industry. With the aim of providing services that could result in attracting new customers, ECI adopted a strategic management system. The decision was related to the choice of having to derive data and information not only related to classical economic, financial, and capital aspects, but also outside the company. The tool led to the achievement of the initial purpose.
• Balanced Scorecard in the research industry
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a major scientific research organization in the field of botany that operates internationally. The Center first adopted the Balanced Scorecard in 2004. Resulting in the development of an optimal cost calculation system and improvement of existing performance management.
• Balanced Scorecard in the healthcare industry
Sunnybrook Health Science Centre is a Canadian company that began as a hospital for war veterans and has now grown into a full-fledged healthcare institution. It boasts an affiliation with the University of Toronto, with which, for the 2018-2021 strategic plan, it used a balanced evaluation form to achieve four macro-objectives: personalized medicine, sustainable models of care, better experience of care, and teams with excellent performance.
• Balanced Scorecard in support of HR
Following the 2008 financial crisis, a Volkswagen industry management team in Brazil embraced a Balanced Scorecard to effect cultural change and align financial resources related to the company’s overall strategy. It was a tactic that proved effective, as programs capable of unifying the vast network consisting of suppliers and dealers were established.
• Balanced Scorecard in support of performance
A private company can carry out performance measurement completely independently. But what about a free, public service? Even the University of Virginia Library was able to accommodate a comprehensive planning tool such as the Balanced Scorecard for university library lending. This has enabled the Library to achieve tangible efficiency results over the long term.
• Balanced Scorecard in support of strategy management
The Federal Bureau of Investigation had to reorganize following the 9/11 terrorist attack and go through a real transformation process. The Strategy Management department understandably decided to rely on the world’s best practices for the industry, including the implementation of the scorecard to manage the balance between crime prevention and law enforcement.
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