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Performance measurement and management: theory and practice in the energy sector

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Energy Sector Management

Special Issue Call For Papers

Performance measurement and management (PMM) has been recognized as a main catalyst of organizational competitive advantage (Lee et al., 2015) and sustainable performance (Schaltegger and Burrit, 2014) for energy organizations (Sivill et al., 2016). The energy sector management literature has brought incontestable insights to the understanding and the illumination of energy PMM practices. However, several areas for improvement remain either under-examined or unexplored. The following criticisms can be formulated:

  • The existing PMM literature is extensive but too eclectic. Commentators have called for the development of integrated frameworks and solid demonstrations of their usefulness in practice (Dey and Cheffi, 2013).   
  • The PMM literature is often monodisciplinary, in terms both of the analytical frameworks used and the composition of the co-authors (Dey and Cheffi, 2013). Interdisciplinary research may produce new findings. PPM is situated at the intersection of people, organizations, technologies and methodologies. Thus, interdisciplinary research can help to cover these four areas for academics seeking to make a significant contribution to energy sector management.
  • PMM research in the energy sector is marked by an overemphasis on technologies and artefacts. The socio-organizational dimensions still need further empirical investigation (Schulze et al., 2016).
  • The energy sector is basically dominated by regulatory and normative institutional forces. While macro-level academic research on institutions has undeniably produced valuable insights (Matos and Silvestre, 2013), more detail investigation of the specificities of the energy industry is required if our understanding of institutions at a micro-level is to be improved.
  • Several journals and special issues of journals have been dedicated to PMM. Surprisingly, however, the energy sector management seems to receive much less attention than other research interests (for example, a search on Google Scholar using the key words “performance management” and “energy sector management” for the period 2012-2016, reveals only 49 results!). 
  • It is observed (Sivill et al., 2013; Schulze et al., 2016) that the extant literature often focuses on energy efficiency and energy technology efficiency rather than the effectiveness of energy management practices (i.e. project management practices, management accounting practices, individual and team collaboration practices, etc.).
  • Several commentators report that energy industry players are dissatisfied with the findings of the academic research (Bunse et al, 2011; May et al., 2015).

Against the background above, the objective of the special issue is to create knowledge about the modelling, functioning and effects of PMM frameworks and practices in the energy sector. This special issue aims to stimulate efforts to develop relevant conceptual frameworks and deploy scientific strategies for the energy sector. The expected outcomes will be useful for academics, practitioners and policy-makers.

Possible themes through which PMM might be researched include:

  • PMM and organizational learning and knowledge transfer
  • Corporate governance and energy firms’ performance
  • Sustainability and PMM in the energy sector
  • Design and implementation of PMM systems within energy organizations
  • Socio-organizational and psycho-cognitive aspects of PMM
  • Use of PMM in non-conventional settings, such as emerging markets, SMEs, nuclear plants etc.
  • Review of PMM frameworks, methods and methodologies in the energy sector literature
  • Possible gap between and alignment of academics’ interests and practitioners’ needs in the area of PMM
  • Institutional forces governing the energy sector
  • Benchmarking, assessment and productivity in the energy sector

The editor welcomes submissions that pursue other themes that have a bearing on PMM in the energy sector. Submissions are encouraged from all theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, including theory papers. The special issue covers all kinds of energy (non-renewable and renewable) and ownership structures (public or private, cooperative, joint, etc.).

Submission guidelines

Author guidelines, including on formats and length limit, must be strictly followed and can be found on the journal web site at:

Submissions to must be through Scholar-One Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

Key Deadlines

Submission deadline: October 31st 2018
Publication date: April 2019

Contact Details:

Please get in touch with the editorial team if you have any questions.

Dr. Walid Cheffi
Associate Professor of Accounting, CBE-UAE University
[email protected]

Dr. Chrisovalantis Malesios
Department of Agricultural Development, Democritus University of Thrace
[email protected]

List of references

Bunse, K., Vodicka, M., Schönsleben, P., Brülhart, M., & Ernst, F. O. (2011). Integrating energy efficiency performance in production management–gap analysis between industrial needs and scientific literature. Journal of Cleaner Production, 19(6), 667-679.

Dey, P. K., & Cheffi, W. (2013). Green supply chain performance measurement using the analytic hierarchy process: a comparative analysis of manufacturing organisations. Production Planning & Control, 24(8-9), 702-720.

Lee, A. H., Chen, H. H., & Chen, S. (2015). Suitable organization forms for knowledge management to attain sustainable competitive advantage in the renewable energy industry. Energy, 89, 1057-1064.

Matos, S., & Silvestre, B. S. (2013). Managing stakeholder relations when developing sustainable business models: the case of the Brazilian energy sector. Journal of Cleaner Production, 45, 61-73.

May, G., Barletta, I., Stahl, B., & Taisch, M. (2015). Energy management in production: A novel method to develop key performance indicators for improving energy efficiency. Applied Energy, 149, 46-61.

Schaltegger, S., & Burritt, R. (2014). Measuring and managing sustainability performance of supply chains: Review and sustainability supply chain management framework. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 19(3), 232-241.

Schulze, M., Nehler, H., Ottosson, M., & Thollander, P. (2016). Energy management in industry–a systematic review of previous findings and an integrative conceptual framework. Journal of Cleaner Production, 112, 3692-3708.  

Sivill, L., Manninen, J., Hippinen, I., & Ahtila, P. (2013). Success factors of energy management in energy‐intensive industries: Development priority of energy performance measurement. International journal of energy research,37(8), 936-951.