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Tom Pfefferkorn is an Assistant Professor of Business Management at Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University. He is actively involved in the development and delivery of the school’s Graduate Apprenticeship Programmes.
Tom’s research is in the fields of Performance Measurement and Management Control. His research is particularly interested in studying the dynamics between organisational controls, human behaviour, and business performance. For instance, Tom has investigated the effects of performance-based remuneration systems on motivational behaviour in logistics and transportation business organisations. In another research project, he investigated the applicability and appropriateness of inter-sectional supply chain collaboration practices towards improved supply chain performance and firm competitive advantage for first-tier suppliers operating in the UK aerospace sector.
In his current research, Tom investigates the role of performance measurement in directing management attention in business organisations. Using Levers of Control Framework, Tom’s research contributes to organisational control theory. A notable output of this research were conference publications presented at EUROMA Edinburgh (2017), at the 9th EIASM conference on performance measurement and management control Nice (2017) and at PMA Conference Warsaw (2018).
More recently Tom was approached to be part of a collaborative project between Heriot-Watt University and the Manufacturing and Technology Centre Coventry, one of the UK’s seven catapult centres, to build a tool that assists early-stage investors to better understand the level of technology readiness for investment of start-ups. This project was funded by a £350,000 award from Innovate UK. The project was successfully completed between December 2016 and April 2017, with very positive feedback from both investor and start-up communities. Details of the project and its outcomes were published in a report in May 2017. Tom is part of a Heriot-Watt team that is currently working on the further development of this project
Management Attention in Performance Measurement: a Systematic Literature Review of Theories for Phenomenon-based ResearchPfefferkorn, T., Bititci, U. S. & Jackson, W. J., 14 Sep 2017, (Unpublished).
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Measuring technology readiness for investment: accelerating technology development and improving innovation performanceAdam, G., Andrews, K. P., Armstrong, M., Bititci, U. S., Flinn, P., Jackson, W. J., Mayfield, A., Peters, T., Pfefferkorn, T. & Ritchie, J. M., Apr 2017, 40 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Other report