Management Control in Chambers of Commerce: a CAF based empirical analysis in Calabria and Sicily

Barresi Gustavo, Crea Anna, Marisca Carmelo

This paper aims to analyse the level of implementation of performance management and performance evaluation in a category of public administration with particular features, which, up to now, has been little studied in Italy, i.e. the Chamber of Commerce. In particular, this paper aims to review the current state of Sicilian and Calabrian Chambers of Commerce, with regard to their capacity to follow up on institutional objectives – essentially supporting the local entrepreneurial system – by introducing management behavioural models and performance management tools.

The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is the model chosen for analysing the Chambers. Although being widely used in the EU, this tool has received limited attention in studies (literature). Compared to other tools, CAF is based on a Total Quality Management approach, which makes it a better choice for this study. It is a self-assessment/diagnosis tool available to public organizations which are intent on improving performance. Through the identification of a series of inter-related indicators and variables, a complete and easily-analysable picture of any organization under observation can be obtained.

Analysed data have been acquired through structured interviews, questionnaires, scrutiny of (websites), examination of documentation issued by each Chamber (financial statements, provisional reports, or other). Through a desk analysis of collected data and a comparative reading of the outcomes, specific dynamics have been identified, and some correlation between economic and institutional pre-conditions and variables have been  found.

Barresi G., Cea A., Marisca C. (2013), Management Control in Chambers of Commerce : a CAF based empirical analysis in Calabria and Sicily, Management Control, 1, pp. 109-139, Doi: 10.3280/MACO2013-001006