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An Index for Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): A Lens to Probe the Performance Drivers of Research in Commercial Agriculture

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Prabath Chaminda Abeysiriwardana ,

Ministry of Education, LK
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Research and Innovation Section
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Udith K. Jayasinghe-Mudalige

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Department of Agribusiness Management
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Abstract

Research work carried out in any institution could be meaningfully administered, and the outputs generated rendered more rewarding for its key stakeholders, if a set of critical success factors (CSFs) are outlined ex-ante. When CSFs are neither clearly identified nor practised in a vital sector such as commercial agriculture, difficulties arise with timely monitoring and evaluation, and tallying the achievements with intended Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – particularly the goal of ‘zero hunger’. This article proposes a Key Performance Index (KPI index) that takes into account CSFs that would aid in evaluating the success of research linked with commercial agriculture development. How such an index is used to facilitate monitoring of scarce resource utilisation and internal processes of research institutes, and thereby support evidence-based decision-making to sustain a conducive research culture is explored with a special focus on underutilised performance drivers (e.g., societal development and environmental sustainability) in line with agriculture research.
How to Cite: Abeysiriwardana, P.C. and Jayasinghe-Mudalige, U.K., 2022. An Index for Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): A Lens to Probe the Performance Drivers of Research in Commercial Agriculture. Colombo Business Journal, 13(2), pp.109–135. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cbj.v13i2.126
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Published on 31 Dec 2022.
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