Quotation Harrauer, Verena and Schnedlitz, Peter. 2016. Impact of Environment on Performance Measurement Design and Processing in Retailing . International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management 44 (3): S. 320-335.




Purpose – By focusing on the interface between information dissemination and interpretation at the retail sales floor, the purpose of this paper is to open up new practice theory contribution on management control and performance measurement used in complex environments. Design/methodology/approach – Problem-centered qualitative interviews in two different contexts (USA and Europe) build the methodological approach. In total, 22 interviewees were selected from various retail sectors and hierarchy levels with the focus on store management. Following content analysis procedures, data were coded according to contingency theoretical underpinnings. Findings – Environment shapes corporate processes as well as retail management in multiple ways. By studying fast fashion industries, the authors found similarities in retail management in all researched settings. First, the authors present relevant operational performance metrics in the retailing context. Second, the authors see that store managers aim to optimize processes and generate efficient and effective practices to maximize store performance. Third, information and task overload are reasons for neglecting performance information. As a consequence, managers call for decision-facilitating tools, e.g. dashboards, to reduce information complexity. Originality/value – Widely accepted in contingency literature, environmental aspects influence business activities and performance outcomes. However, evaluating research studies that deal with performance measurement in retailing contexts reveals contradicting results. With the focus on larger retail companies with multibranch and department structures in two different national contexts the authors can unravel different perspectives on environment in operational retail settings for the first time.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new MAR-C, STRAT-C
Language English
Title Impact of Environment on Performance Measurement Design and Processing in Retailing
Volume 44
Number 3
Year 2016
Page from 320
Page to 335
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJRDM-03-2015-0048


Dollfuß, Verena (Former researcher)
Schnedlitz, Peter (Former researcher)
Institute for Retailing & Data Science IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5315 Commercial science (Details)
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