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Dynamic Performance Management: An Approach for Managing the Common Goods

Alberto Sardi () and Enrico Sorano ()
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Alberto Sardi: Department of Management, University of Torino, 10124 Torino, Italy
Enrico Sorano: Department of Management, University of Torino, 10124 Torino, Italy

Sustainability, 2019, vol. 11, issue 22, 1-22

Abstract: Public organizations need innovative approaches for managing common goods and to explain the dynamics linking the (re)generation of common goods and organizational performance. Although system dynamics is recognised as a useful approach for managing common goods, public organizations rarely adopt the system dynamics for this goal. The paper aims to review the literature on the system dynamics and its recent application, known as dynamic performance management, to highlight the state of the art and future opportunities on the management of common goods. The authors analyzed 144 documents using a systematic literature review. The results obtained outline a fair number of documents, countries and journals involving the study of system dynamics, but do not cover sufficient research on the linking between the (re)generation of common goods and organizational performance. This paper outlines academic and practical contributions. Firstly, it contributes to the theory of common goods. It provides insight for linking the management of common goods and organizational performance through the use of dynamic performance management approach. Furthermore, it shows scholars the main research opportunities. Secondly, it indicates to practitioners the documents providing useful ideas on the adoption of system dynamics for managing common goods.

Keywords: system dynamics; dynamic performance management; common goods; common resources; literature review; performance measurement; economic and social effects; sustainable development; decision making (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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