In this assignment you will be introduced to the balanced scorecard concept and will begin to consider how organizations link strategy with the balanced scorecard approach. We will look at the interrelationship of strategy and the balanced scorecard approach in more depth later on in this course. For now, however, it is good to understand the fundamentals of the BSC and to consider examples of how organizations have integrated the BSC approach into their daily operations in a fashion that reflects the strategy of the respective organizations. To prepare, start by reading the following (pages 67-80) (also sent as “additional materials”): Martello, M., Watson, J., & Fischer, M. (2008). Implementing a balanced scorecard in a not-for-profit organization. Journal of Business & Economics Research. 6(9), 67-80. Retrieved from http://journals.cluteonline.com/index.php/JBER/article/view/2471/2517 After reading this article, formulate an argumentative essay around the following thesis statement: “Cattaraugus County Rehabilitation Center did an effective job of implementing a balanced scorecard approach in a fashion that reflects their organizational mission and vision.” If you do not think this thesis is accurate, you can argue that the Center did not do an effective job. Your analysis must be VERY SPECIFIC and structured in terms of the following four perspectives: Introduction: In this part of your, set up the argument by introducing the topic and presenting your position or thesis statement somewhere in this introductory paragraph. Analysis: In this section, present several SPECIFIC arguments arguing in favor of (or against) the thesis statement. Make sure to discuss how the Center used the score card quadrants to align with organizational strategy (or how it failed to do so). Examples must be thoroughly evaluated and specific Conclusion: Conclude the argument with a CLEAR AND COGENT synopsis of your findings. Do your best to convince your reader as to your position. Additional Instructions: APA formatting is required. Paper and language must flow and be easily readable in American English. It must be a minimum of 3 pages in length (not counting the title page or references). There must be at least three (4) reputable sources cited (one of them being the article mentioned above) and referenced in the paper. All work must be written in your own words; do not paste sections of text into the essay.
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