Alignment: Using the Balanced Scorecard to Create Corporate Synergies

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Harvard Business Press, Feb 23, 2006 - Business & Economics - 302 pages
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Most organizations consist of multiple business and support units, each populated by highly trained, experienced executives. But often the efforts of individual units are not coordinated, resulting in conflicts, lost opportunities, and diminished performance.

Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton argue that the responsibility for this critical alignment lies with corporate headquarters. In this book, the authors apply their revolutionary Balanced Scorecard management system to corporate-level strategy, revealing how highly successful enterprises achieve powerful synergies by explicitly defining corporate headquarters’ role in setting, coordinating, and overseeing organizational strategy.

Based on extensive field research in organizations worldwide, Alignment shows how companies can build an enterprise-level Strategy Map and Balanced Scorecard that clearly articulate the “enterprise value proposition”: how the enterprise creates value above that achieved by individual business units operating alone. The book provides case studies, actionable frameworks, and sample scorecards that show how to align business and support units, boards of directors, and external partners with the corporate strategy and create a governance process that will ensure that alignment is sustained.

The next breakthrough in strategy execution from the field’s premier thinkers, Alignment shows how today’s companies can unlock unrealized value from enterprise synergies.
 

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Contents

Title Page
CHAPTER TWO CORPORATE STRATEGY
CHAPTER THREE ALIGNING FINANCIAL
CHAPTERFOUR ALIGNING INTERNAL
CHAPTER FIVE ALIGNING SUPPORT
CHAPTER SIX CASCADING THE PROCESS
CHAPTER EIGHT ALIGNING EXTERNAL
CHAPTER NINE MANAGING THE ALIGNMENT
CHAPTER10TOTAL STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
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About the author (2006)

Robert S. Kaplan is the Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School. David Norton serves as President of Balanced Scorecard Collaborative/Palladium.

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