Global Advanced Research Journal of Management and Business Studies (GARJMBS) ISSN: 2315-5086 September 2012 Vol. 1(8), pp 240-252

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Original Research Articles

The Balanced Scorecard in a Pharmaceutical Company: A Case Study 

Rui Janota  and  Maria João Major 

Associate professor Maria Major, Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE – IUL) and BRU/UNIDE researcher, Cacifo 105-A, Avenida das Forças Armadas, 1649-026 Lisbon, Portugal,Europe. Phone number: +351/217903495 

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Accepted 16 July 2012



The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) approach to performance measurement is gaining, over the last decades, an increased popularity due its strategic use of key non-financial measures along with the more traditional financial metrics. This paper outlines the process of development, implementation, usage and later on abandon, of the BSC in a Portuguese subsidiary of a leading international pharmaceutical company. In order to support our findings we review in the existing literature on the BSC concept and highline the characteristics of this concept analyzing the reasons of its popularity. In addition this paper postulates the likely impact of such a performance measurement system on the organizational behaviour and provides a framework on how the BSC implementation can effectively help an organization in clarifying its mission and strategy into new goals. Finally, this paper outlines the organizational challenges and potential pitfalls associated to the BSC implementation. 

Keywords: Balanced Scorecard, Abandon, Change, Management Accounting.

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