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Applicability of Performance Management Systems Framework in public sector: A case study of a Teaching Hospital in Nigeria

Uadiale, O M (2018) Applicability of Performance Management Systems Framework in public sector: A case study of a Teaching Hospital in Nigeria. PhD thesis, University of Essex.

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Abstract

This study seeks to examine the applicability of performance management systems (hereafter, PMSs) framework in public sector. Using a teaching hospital as a case study, this thesis provides empirical evidence on how PMSs are functioning from the context of Nigeria. It demonstrates the extent to which performance management can be understood/explained using a framework developed in the western context. To maintain anonymity the hospital is termed the Nigerian State Hospital (NSH). The study draws on the contingency theory of management accounting to identify and explain contextual factors which could influence the design and operation of PMSs in the NSH. Data were collected using a triangulated approach. Interviews were the main sources of evidence and were conducted with various members of staff of the NSH. The interview evidence was supplemented with observation and document analysis. Various documents on health policies, newspaper articles were analysed. Furthermore, a number of observations were made and documented. The case findings were analysed using Ferreira and Otley’s (2009) PMSs framework and interpreted using the lenses of contingency theory. The study revealed the implication of contextual factors on the operation and structure of PMSs from an emerging economy context. It showed that the application of PMSs framework cannot be generalised but needs to be contextually understood and adapted to local structural conditions. Based on the findings, the study proposes an extension to Ferreira and Otley’s (2009) PMSs framework to incorporate contingencies which are likely to implicate its application in healthcare settings in EEs. Overall, the study contributes to PMSs literature in emerging economies by providing empirical evidence on how PMSs are functioning from the context of Nigeria. The findings have implications for the design and use of PMSs in public sector in Nigeria and emerging economies.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Performance management, Public sector, Contingency theory, Nigeria
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Essex Accounting Centre
Depositing User: Olayinka Uadiale
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2018 14:28
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2018 14:28
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21207

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