Premiere conference on performance management attracts delegates from all over the globe


Leading experts discussed the latest thinking in the field of performance management at an international conference in Cambridge last week that attracted 170 delegates from 40 countries.

The PMA 2012 Conference took place at Fitzwilliam College between 11-13 July, and included presenters from academia, industry and the public sector.

It was the seventh PMA Conference to be held and was organised by the IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd on behalf of the Performance Management Association. The theme for PMA 2012 was Performance Management: From Strategy to Delivery.

The conference unveiled the latest thinking and research into how to connect strategy to delivery, through technology, systems and process.  The three-day conference was a mixture of keynote and plenary presentations and discussion groups, plus a wide range of parallel sessions ranging from enterprise performance, manufacturing performance, intellectual capital, strategy and performance to name but a few.

Three world-class keynote speakers presented at the conference; Howard Dresner, a widely regarded expert in business intelligence, Professor Gerhard Satzger, IBM’s Director Business Performance Services, Europe, and Professor Christopher Hood from the University of Oxford.

The aim of the PMA conference is to bring together those who want to explore and better understand the role that performance measurement and management plays in improving organisational performance. No other conference better facilitates dialogue in the field of performance measurement, providing such a rare opportunity for academics and practitioners to meet and exchange ideas.

Professor Andy Neely of the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing, and Chair of the conference said, “Once again the PMA conference has demonstrated its reputation as the world’s leading industry-academic conference for performance management specialists”.

The conference was co-chaired by Professor Mike Bourne from Cranfield School of Management, UK.

PMA 2012 has continued to build on the success of previous international conferences, the most recent of which was hosted at the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2009.

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For further information please contact:

Jo Riches
PR and Communications
Institute for Manufacturing
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IfM ECS is wholly-owned by the University of Cambridge.  It disseminates the Institute for Manufacturing’s research and education outputs to industry and government through education, consultancy, events, and publications.

The University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) is a division of the Department of Engineering. The IfM brings together expertise in management, economics and technology to address the full spectrum of industrial issues. Its activities integrate research and education with practical application in companies, providing a unique environment for the creation of new ideas and approaches to modern industrial practice. The IfM works closely with industry, at a regional, national and international level, providing strategic, technical and operational expertise to help companies to grow and to become more competitive.


The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) provides a unique environment for the creation and sharing of new ideas and approaches to modern industrial practice.

Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge