Performance Management (PM)

Reading list

Compulsory Literature:

Herman Aguinis, Performance Management, Pearson, International edition (2013), ISBN 9781292024073 A selection of academic articles (updated each semester, see the study guide).


Spring 2017 readings in addition to Aguinis (2014):

(to access pdf's, see course forum on Fastreg)

Almqvist, R., & Wällstedt, N. (2013). Managing public sector organizations: Strategic choices within changing paradigms. In L. Strannegård & A. Styhre (Eds.) Management – An advanced introduction, Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Catasús et al., (2007). What gets measured gets…on indicating, mobilizing and acting. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 20(4), 505-521.

Czarniawska, B., & Mouritsen, J. (2009). What is the object of management? How management technologies help to create manageable objects. In C. S. Chapman, D. J. Cooper & P. Miller (Eds.), Accounting, organizations, and institutions: Essays in honour of Anthony Hopwood (pp. 157-174). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Espeland, W. N., & Stevens, M. L. (1998). Commensuration as a social process. Annual Review of Sociology, 24, 313-343.

Jordan, S., & Messner, M. (2012). Enabling control and the problem of incomplete performance indicators. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 37(8), 544-564. 

Micheli, P., & Manzoni, J-F. (2010). Strategic performance measurement: Benefits, limitations and paradoxes. Long Range Planning, 43(4), 465-476.

Osborne, S. P. (2006). The new public governance? Public Management Review, 8(3), 377-387.

Power, M. (2004). Counting, control and calculation: Reflections on measuring and management. Human Relations, 57(6), 765-783.

Smith, P. C. (1995). On the unintended consequences of publishing performance data in the public sector. International Journal of Public Administration, 18(2/3), 277-310.

Wittbom, E. (2015). Management Control for Gender Mainstreaming - A Quest of Transformative Norm Breaking. Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change, 11(4), 527-545.

Please Note !

There will be no new admissions to this course.

Course title:
Performance Management
Semester: Spring term 2018
Study period: 1
Rate of studies: 100%
Level: Graduate level (second cycle)
Credits: 7.5
Language of instruction: English


The number of places available is limited.
If necessary, selection usually takes place through a lottery.


Course coordinator:
Toivo Lepp
Head of course:
Fredrik Svärdsten