Balanserat styrkort som mode och spridning : En studie inom Sveriges landsting med inriktning på sjukvård
Sammanfattning: Abstract Course: Bachelor Thesis in Business Administration Institution: Business School at Linneus University in Växjö Authors: André Weichert, Donika Ombashi and Ebba Olson Supervisor: Natalia Semenova Examiner: Elin Funck Title: Balanced Scorecard as fashion and diffusion – A study in Sweden's county councils with focus on healthcare Background: The Balanced Scorecard is a control instrument that mainly focuses on integrating the financial objectives with the non-financial objectives. The control instrument is used for for-profit organizations as well as for nonprofit organizations. Previous research on the Balanced Scorecard indicates that the control instrument has a tendency to a wave-like pattern, called fashion. To determine fashion there must be a diffusion. The term diffusion is further defined as a process where innovation is communicated among the members of a social system. In this paper, the members of the social system refers to Sweden's county councils. The Balanced Scorecard is considered as an innovative control instrument which is spread among different organizations in the social system. Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify the fashion and the diffusion of the Balanced Scorecard in Sweden's county councils. The paper also intends to explain the advantages and disadvantages of the Balanced Scorecard and what other control instruments are used in the county councils. Method: A quantitative research strategy is applied to this study. The selected approach for the collection of data, consists of a survey assigned to all the county councils in Sweden. Other data has been collected through Internet searching for articles, printed literature and websites. Conclusion: The results in the study indicate that the county councils have, through their survey responses, confirmed the advantages and disadvantages of theories about the Balanced Scorecard. Furthermore, the authors of the study have confirmed that there is a diffusion of the Balanced Scorecard in the Swedish county councils. However, the study has not been able to establish if a fashion exists. To determine whether a fashion exists, further studies are necessary.
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