The FIFTH Perspective: Extending the Balanced Scorecard for Outsourcing

The FIFTH Perspective: Extending the Balanced Scorecard for Outsourcing

Preeti Goyal (Management Development Institute, India) and Bhimaraya A. Metri (Management Development Institute, India)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/jitr.2008010105
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Today, alliances, collaborations, and networks are synonymous with strategy. Business process outsourcing (BPO) is one such type of alliance. With increasing reliance on outsourcing, the organizational boundaries are blurring. The implications for the client organization can be tremendous, as it now relies on an outside organization to fulfill its operational objectives. Currently, there is no single framework that can effectively measure performance for BPO arrangements. In its present form, the balanced scorecard (BSC) only addresses the performance measurement needs of a single enterprise and any perspective on any external relationships is completely missing. The traditional BSC does not suffice as a performance measurement framework for BPO. While both the client and the vendor can use a BSC for their respective organizations, the strategic objectives of the organizations may not be met. In this article the authors propose a new perspective as an extension to the BSC, namely, the goals alignment perspective. Goals alignment of the two organizations will enable creation of performance measures that will help participating organizations to achieve their respective goals.

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