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Performance management

Use our selection of books, articles, links and guides to find more information on all aspects of managing business performance, including the balanced scorecard, benchmarking and total quality management.

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  • Briefings
  • eBooks
  • Online articles
  • Articles and books from the Library
  • Useful links

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Featured article

Are performance reviews dead?
Discusses the re-design of performance management systems in favour of a more informal approach. Looks at the performance management journey of companies such as General Electric and Deloitte.

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Featured book

Performance management
Ashdown, L. (Kogan Page, 2014, 202 pages)
Explores the key aspects of managing performance and how performance management can best be used to support organisations in achievement of their goals.

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Briefings are four-page guides from Atom Content Marketing written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

ISO 9000


The ISO 9000 quality system standard series provides guidance and new requirements for running a quality system. Many companies see the introduction of a quality management system as a major step forward in controlling and improving their key processes. Other companies simply react to customer demands that their suppliers should have suitable systems.

Key performance indicators


Identifying and monitoring key performance indicators helps you focus on the areas the really matter to your business.

SWOT analysis


SWOT analysis looks at your strengths and weaknesses, and the opportunities and threats your business faces.

Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.


The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Effective people management

A short guide to team management and leadership.

Performance management: key strategies and practical guidelines

Understanding and implementing performance measurement.

Setting performance targets

Target setting from a US perspective.

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Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Articles are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.
You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

Useful links

Measure performance and set targets (Business Link) 
Guide from Business Link which sets out the business benefits of performance measurement, shows you how to choose which key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure and suggests examples in a number of key business areas. It also highlights the main points to bear in mind when setting targets for your business.

BPM Partners 
A professional services firm that focuses on business performance management (BPM) solutions. Information includes newsletter, articles, white papers, vendor guides and a vendor search tool (free registration required). BPM Partners are the authors of the BPM Software Buyers Guide published in Business Finance magazine.

International Society for Performance Improvement 
Described as the "leading international association dedicated to improving productivity and performance in the workplace". The ISPI website includes a wealth of information, including the full text of its online magazine PerformanceXpress and a useful online bookstore focusing on specialist titles in this area.

Performance management 
Resource from the Local Government Improvement and Development Agency (formerly IDeA), providing a summary of key issues and aiming to help improve performance management arrangements within local councils.

OECD programme on Public Governance and Management (PUMA) 
Information rich website from the OECD Public Management Programme which includes lots of material on performance management.

Measurement International 
Website developed to promote the creator's books on performance management, with the option to view the table of contents for each title and download a selection of white papers in PDF format as part of the Perspectives Series.

Performance Management Network 
Online network for management professionals which includes a resource centre packed with useful articles and contributions from members.

Performance Measurement Association 
Official website of the association for practitioners in the field of Performance Measurement and Management with a wealth of information on the subject. The site includes a useful selection of links, directory of experts, information on PMA discussion forums, details of conferences and an archive of the association's newsletter 'Perspectives on Performance'.

Performance Prism 
Information on the Performance Prism, a performance measurement and management framework. The page includes an interview with the authors of 'The Performance Prism: The scorecard for measuring and managing business success' published by FT/Prentice-Hall with the option to download the full text of the first chapter, 'Measuring and managing performance in the 21st Century' (PDF format, 14 pages). Papers available for download in PDF format include:

  • The Performance Prism
  • The Performance Prism in practice
  • Managing with measures in a downturn
  • The Performance Prism can boost M&A success

Public Management Foundation 
Research centre established in 1990 focused on the provision of public service. The website includes the full text of their journal Stakeholder Magazine which features a number of articles on performance management in the public sector.

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