Balanced Scorecard for evaluating the performance of supply chains: a bibliometric study

  • Thales Botelho de Sousa University of São Paulo
  • Isotília Costa Melo
  • Pedro Henrique de Oliveira
  • Caio Marcelo Lourenço
  • Fábio Müller Guerrini
  • Kleber Francisco Esposto
Keywords: Balanced Scorecard, Supply Chain Management, Performance Evaluation, Bibliometry, Emerging Countries.


As supply chain management involves several criteria, its performance evaluation is a challenge for industrial managers. Researchers have proposed several approaches for such evaluations, among them, Balanced Scorecard (BSC) highlights. Academic papers on BSC applications for evaluating supply chain performance has an expressively increased in recent years. Considering that examining published papers on a topic is a way of monitoring the emergence of a new field, this study aims to explore, through bibliometry, papers published in indexed journals (SCOPUS and Web of Science databases). This paper weaves an overview of academic production and study trends on BSC for performance evaluation of supply chains. Findings help researchers and managers to understand the state of the art, to identify gaps and to identify future trends. The results also showed the maturation of studies over the years. The predominance of publications in journals with impact factor (Thomson Reuters) also has been noticed. The development of the theme in emerging countries can be useful for increasing the competitiveness of their companies. In summary, this study is helpful for influencing future studies and publications of researchers interested in performance evaluation of supply chains based on BSC and may orient new researchers so that they directly know which journals to consult and which technical procedures to explore.

Author Biography

Thales Botelho de Sousa, University of São Paulo

PhD Candidate in Industrial Engineering, Engineering School of São Carlos, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
Reviewer of the European Journal of Industrial Engineering (Online ISSN: 1751-5262; Print ISSN: 1751-5254; TR Impact Factor 2015: 0,718) and Production Planning & Control: The Management of Operations (Print ISSN: 0953-7287; Online ISSN: 1366-5871; TR Impact Factor 2015: 1,532).

MSc in Industrial Engineering from Engineering School of São Carlos, University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Eurípides de Marília University Centre.


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