36365 - Performance Management Systems

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

  • To obtain basic knowledge on management control systems and performance measurement systems
  • To acquire the tools and techniques for developing a financial analysis
  • To learn how to assess a firm's profitability and financial position
  • To apply financial analysis techniques for supporting the management decision making process
  • To design a strategic control system

Course contents

  • Financial Analysis: Income statement and balance sheet analysis: tools and methods
  • Key performance and profitability ratios
  • Key financial ratios
  • Operating and financial risk analysis
  • Industry financial performance analysis and strategic Financial benchmarking
  • Performance Measurement systems: principles and tools
  • Strategic control systems
  • Performance based management


  • R.Silvi, Analisi di bilancio: la prospettiva manageriale, McGraw Hill, Milano, 2012 (capitolo 9 escluso).
  • R. Silvi, Il controllo strategico nella gestione dell'impresa, in Lipparini A., Economia e gestione delle imprese, pp. 435-464, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2007
  • Additional readings to be provided

Teaching methods

Lectures and case studies


Assessment methods

Written test and project work (for class attending students only)

18-23: the student has sufficient preparation and analytical skills, spread however, over just few topics taught in the course, the overall jargon is correct

24-27: the student shows and adequate preparation at a technical level with some doubts over the topics. Good, yet not to articulate analytical skills with the use of a correct jargon

28-30: Great knowledge about most of the topics taught in the course, good critical and analytical skills, good usage of the specific jargon

30L: excellent and in depth knowledge of all the topics in the course, excellent critical and analytical skills, excellent usage of specific jargon

Teaching tools

Powerpoint class presentations, additional information about the program, cases and problems with solutions are available in the e-learning web site (https://iol.unibo.it/course/view.php?id=42260). Further exercises, solutions and additional readings are available in the text Analisi di bilancio: la prospettiva manageriale (https://www.mheducation.it/9788838667381-italy-analisi-di-bilancio--la-prospettiva-manageriale ) web site.

Office hours

See the website of Riccardo Silvi