The Use of Balanced Scorecards at Walmart for Setting and Measuring Performance Objectives

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The Use of Balanced Scorecards at WalMart For Setting and Measuring Performance Objectives Introduction As the leading discount retailer in the United States, WalMart (NYSE:WMT) has consistently shown an exceptional ability to master the complexities of logistics, supply chain management, retailing and pricing management. The WalMart supply chain is among the most advanced and sophisticated in its use of analytics and information systems globally, often computing pricing variation and analysis literally overnight based on satellite uploads of information (WalMart Investor Relations, 2013). WalMart has also successfully taken a capital-intensive business model and transformed it into a retailing business capable of generating high profitability from low margin products based one efficiency alone (Zhu, Singh, Manuszak, 2009). WalMart is also one of the most-researched companies in the world, and continues to provide in-depth financial data on their Investor Relations site (WalMart Investor Relations, 2013). The purpose of this analysis is to evaluate the mission, vision, and overall strategy of WalMart and also define three objectives for improving the organization's financial position, showing how the objectives defined relate to the mission, vision and strategy of the company. In addition for each objective, meaningful performance measures are provided in addition to defined expected level of performance as well. For each of the objectives chosen at least one new

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