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Questioning Performance Measurement: Metrics, Organizations and Power is the first book to interrogate the organizational turn towards performance metrics critically. Performance measurement is used to evaluate a diverse range of activities throughout the private, public and non-governmental sectors. But in an increasingly data driven world, what does it really mean to measure ‘performance’? Taking a sociology of quantification perspective, this book traces the rise of performance measurement, questions its methods and objectivity, and examines the social significance of the flood of numbers through which value is represented and actors are held accountable. An illuminating read for students, scholars and practitioners across Organization Studies, Sociology, Business and Management, Public Policy and Administration.

Rethinking Performance Culture
Rethinking Performance Culture

Foucault (1994) defined critique as the examination of assumptions, familiar notions and unexamined ways of thinking, upon which accepted practices are based. Along these lines, the aim of this book has been to interrogate claims surrounding PM. Despite being fairly new, historically distinctive and highly contingent upon discourses about organizations that prove to be associated with the interests of groups accorded the social power of oversight it, depicts a practice that, has largely settled into a new layer of institutional common sense, though it is one that is often resisted and contested by those who get snagged on its hitches in organizational life. The book has raised multiple questions. It does not provide conclusive answers, but hopefully it helps ...

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