PMA 2014 Conference sets focus on the relationship between high performance and organizational design

An organization's performance is strongly linked to many factors, not the least its design. Alignment and deployment an organization's design can propel an organization toward excellence or – poorly aligned and deploy – can doom an organization to failure. It is in light of this that the theme of the 2014 Performance Management Association (PMA) Conference was “Designing the High-Performing Organization”.

2014.06.27 | Pernille Kallehave

The conference was held from 25-27 June in Aarhus and was co-hosted by ICOA, Aarhus University and the University of Cambridge. Among high profile speakers at the conference were Harry Hertz, Director Emeritus of America’s Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program; Greg Watson, past president of the International Academy of Quality, American Society for Quality, and executive at organizations such as Hewlett-Packard an IBM; Alex Atzberger, Chief of Staff at SAP; and five-time National Science Foundation Scholar Mark Finster, a Professor at the University of Wisconsin and one of two principals to lead a micro-financing program in Afghanistan. Additional high-profile speakers including Professor Andy Neely of the University of Cambridge, Charles Aubrey, past president of the American Society for Quality, fellow of the International Academy of Quality, vice-president for quality for American Express and at Anderson Pharmaceutical Packaging.

Among topics explored in relation to organizational design included triple bottom line strategy as driving triple bottom line performance and impact, innovation, big data, the role of technology more generally, human ecology, incentive systems, and enterprise culture and governance as drivers of enterprise relevance and responsibility.

The conference was co-chaired by Professors Andy Neely of Cambridge and Rick Edgeman and Jacob Eskildsen of Aarhus University. In all approximately 150 delegates from 35 nations participated, with an initial Day for Business proving to be especially popular for organizations desiring to dramatically improve their performance through fact-driven performance management and measurement.

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Tags: Performance Management, Rick Edgeman, Jacob Kjær Eskildsen, Andy Neely, Mark Finster, Gregory Watson, Alex Atzberger, Harry Hertz