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PMA 2012 Conference Proceedings
Corporate frugality by Shannon Anderson and Professor Anne Lillis

PMA Australasia publishes thought-provoking short papers and case studies that seek to inform performance measurement and management theory and practice.

PMA Australasia’s current featured contribution is a short paper by Shannon Anderson, of the University of California Davis Graduate School of Management, and Professor Anne Lillis, of the University of Melbourne Faculty of Business and Economics.

Their paper discusses the concept of corporate frugality.  Far from describing behaviour that is stingy or miserly, corporate frugality captures the organizational trait of making carefully measured, highly deliberate choices about what to and what not to spend money on.  Frugal companies eschew instant gratification and instead focus on long-term cost-benefit outcomes.

Drawing on an interview study and an on-line survey, the researchers observed that the concept of corporate frugality resonated well with their respondents.  The respondents were able to recount multiple examples of their companies’ frugal practices and contrast these practices with other environments in which they worked.

The work of Anderson and Lillis raises a number of important questions ranging from what is the source of corporate frugality to what are its performance consequences.

Read the full copy of the Anderson and Lillis paper.

PMA 2009 Conference Proceedings

in CD format, the complete proceedings from the 2009 Conference in New Zealand.

Business Performance Measurement: Unifying Theory and Integrating Practice

This 2007 text reviews developments in the theory and practice of performance measurement and management. This updated edition includes ten additional chapters which provide a comprehensive review of performance measurement from the perspectives of accounting, marketing, operations, public services and supply-chain management.

PMA 2006 Conference Proceedings

Proceedings following the PMA's International Conference in London, July 2006.

PMA 2004 Conference Proceedings

Proceedings following the PMA's International Conference in Edinburgh, July 2004

Business Performance Measurement: Theory and Practice

This multidisciplinary, international book draws together the key themes to provide an summary of the leading ideas in business performance measurement, theory and practice. It includes viewpoints from a range of fields including accounting, operations management, marketing, strategy and organisational behaviour. The book will appeal to graduate students, managers and researchers interested in performance measurement, whatever their discipline.

PMA 2002 Conference Proceedings

Conference Proceedings following the PMA's International Conference in Boston, US, in July 2002 -

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