Incorporating the environmental dimension into the balanced scorecard: A case study in health care

Khalid, Salim and Beattie, Claire and Sands, John and Hampson, Veronica (2019) Incorporating the environmental dimension into the balanced scorecard: A case study in health care. Meditari Accountancy Research, 27 (4). pp. 652-674. ISSN 2049-372X


Abstract

Purpose – This study aims to explore the ways that the balanced scorecard (BSC) can be adapted to incorporate environmental performance in a health care context.

Design/methodology/approach – This research adopts a qualitative approach that uses an in-depth case study including semi-structured interviews and document review. Interviews are conducted with individuals working within a regional public hospital and health service organisation in Australia. The research is informed by stakeholder theory.

Findings – The participants identified a number of approaches to incorporating environmental dimensions within the BSC: fully integrated, partially integrated, a separate additional perspective and differentiation based on the origin of the environmental activities and events. These findings confirm the contingent nature of the selected model and reinforce the importance of organisational vision and environmental strategy as formative factors.

Research limitations/implications – This research provides a starting point for future research to refine the proposed models and evaluate their viability and relevance in other contexts.

Practical implications – This study provides motivations for managers to engage with the BSC as an effective performance measurement system, which can be developed and adapted to incorporate important environmental elements of organisational performance.

Social implications – This study reveals the importance of difference between endogenous and exogenous environmental activities. As concerns around the environmental consequences of organisational activities continue to grow, opportunities for institutions to reassure stakeholders of their sustainable practices are increasingly critical.

Originality/value – This study presents preliminary evidence on the suitability of various models for integrating environmental dimensions within the BSC. The findings provide a valuable contribution to literature on performance measurement systems in the healthcare sector.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2020 03:18
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2020 01:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: Balanced scorecard; Performance measurement; Environmental performance; Health care
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150105 Management Accounting
Fields of Research (2020): 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3501 Accounting, auditing and accountability > 350105 Management accounting
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/MEDAR-06-2018-0360
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39049

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