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The 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)


2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities

The Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University has released the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Harvard University remains on the first place for the eight time, whereas other seven US universities (Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, Caltech, Princeton, Columbia and Chicago) are in top 10 (Center for World-Class Universities, 2010):

Enterprise Performance Management – State of the art


Enterprise Performance Management - State of the art

Performance Management is one of the most dynamic business disciplines today. Its evolution accelerated over the last 20 years and due to the large number of concepts it employs and unstructured body of knowledge, having a comprehensive view of the current state of  its  evolution is rather challenging.  One way of achieving this is by monitoring the pulse of the discipline as reflected in studies and survey reports covering performance management topics (Brudan, 2010).

“The truth about Performance Management” … as revealed by a SAS survey report


The truth about Performance Management

According with a 2007 SAS report on performance management issues, alignment is the most important benefit of performance management efforts. The report was based on survey data gathered online from 1143 respondents from cross-industry organizations across the globe (SAS, 2007). The report presents a detailed picture over the use of performance management tools, frameworks, systems and practices in the worldwide organizations.

Among the most important findings that were outlined from the survey (SAS, 2007) are:

• Performance Management practices have spread over most of the organizational functional areas. According the SAS survey findings, the operations function is most likely to drive the effort followed closely by the finance and human resources departments.

• Even though most of the performance management practices are multi-departmental, only a third of them are aligned across all departments.

• Most companies are looking for performance management initiatives that could boost their competitiveness.

• Cultural resistance, the human factor, is the primary factor to achieving performance management success.


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