Business Performance Management

Study Board for Continuing and Higher Education in Health & Social Sciences

Teaching language: English
EKA: B830805102
Censorship: Second examiner: None
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Professional Master

Course ID: B830805101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 04-04-2019

Duration: 1 semester

Course ID


Course Title

Business Performance Management

Teaching language


ECTS value


Responsible study board

Study Board for Continuing and Higher Education in Health & Social Sciences

Date of Approval


Course Responsible

Name Email Department
Oliver Baumann

Offered in



Professional Master

Offered in



1 semester

Mandatory prerequisites

General admission requirements to the MBA programme

Aim and purpose

A good strategy is worth little unless it is implemented successfully. “Business Performance Management” is designed to help you turn your firm’s strategy into performance results. This integrative course builds on the foundations of the MBA program in strategy and organization. The course provides you with a comprehensive approach that follows the implementation process: mapping your firm’s strategic choices and goals, aligning the organization to the goals, testing and adjusting the strategy, and establishing organizational conditions that foster performance. Participants will discuss a variety of frameworks (e.g., Balanced Scorecard, KPIs), well-tested tools (e.g., Strategy Maps), and business cases that will clarify and enhance their thinking about strategy implementation and performance management.

The course is complementary to the course “Advanced Management Principles” that discusses managerial tradeoffs that can affect performance. 


Day 1: Mapping the strategy
The interaction between strategies, goals, and performance management 
Decomposing strategies into goal systems / Balanced Scorecards

Day 2: Aligning the organization
Cascading the strategy and aligning the organization 
Designing meaningful performance measurement and evaluation systems 

Day 3: Testing and adapting the strategy
Separating good/poor strategy from poor/good execution (analytical performance management)
Balancing successful execution and strategic agility 

Day 4: Creating a performance-driven organization
The role of organizational culture, management systems, and leadership styles
Course review and preparation for the exam 

Learning goals

  • To identify, describe, and analyze performance-related problems based on the literature on business performance management
  • To select, discuss, and apply theories, models, and methods to develop solutions to performance-related problems
  • To categorize and describe changes in an organization’s approach to business performance management
  • To reflect on suggested solutions, based on the literature on business performance management

    It is the learning goal for the course that students:

Description of outcome - Knowledge

  • Demonstrate knowledge on the course themes and problem in such a way that they are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge about concrete models and methods of business performance management
  • Demonstrate knowledge about the theories and concepts underlying central approaches to business performance management

Description of outcome - Skills

Demonstrate skills in such a way that they are able to:
•Apply methods and models of business performance management to specific problems
•Assess and design business performance systems in a concrete organizational environment

Description of outcome - Competences

Demonstrate competence in such a way that they are able to:

  • Apply methods and models to assess and design performance management systems in a reflected manner and based on sound conceptual underpinnings


  • The course draws on a selection of journal articles and book chapters that represent recent relevant research within strategy, organization, and control.
  • In addition, course participants read and discuss a number of extensive business case studies that focus on specific performance management problems.
  • The final literature is announced in the reading plan that will be available in August at the latest.

Teaching Method

4 lecture days (7,5 lecture hours each) during the semester. 30 lecture hours in total
The teaching language is English, but class discussions can be in Danish. The exam can also be answered in Danish.


The students’ own work efforts (guideline) equal 27 hours per ECTS credit point. In total 135 hours in this course. The hours are distributed between preparation and class attendance, preparation for the exam, and the exam itself.

The teaching language is English, but class discussions can be in Danish. The exam can also be answered in Danish.

The 135 work hours are distributed in the following way:
Lectures: 30
Preparation for lectures: app. 65 hours
Preparation for and the exam itself: app. 40 hours.

Examination regulations





Exam: December / January 
Reexam: February 





Form of examination

Home assignment


Second examiner: None


7-point grading scale


Student Identification Card - Exam number


Danish, English




5 hours take-home exam


7 pages

Examination aids

All exam aids allowed.

Assignment handover

Via SDU-assignment in the course page in Blackboard.

Assignment handin

Via SDU-assignment in the course page in Blackboard.

ECTS value


Additional information

Participation in re-examination requires participation in the ordinary exam in the same examination period. Hence, non-participation in the ordinary exam excludes from access to the re-examination.
First-coming access to examination will be the following ordinary examination period.



External comment

NOTE - This course is identical with the former course Business Performance Management (9608601)
Used examination attempts in the former identical course will be transferred.
Courses that are identical with former courses that are passed according to applied rules cannot be retaken.

Courses offered

Period Offer type Profile Programme Semester
Fall 2019 Optional MBA Master of Business Administration | | Odense
Fall 2019 Optional MPI Master of Project- and Innovation Management | Master of Project- and Innovation Management | Odense


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Oliver Baumann Odense

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