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Last chance to complete survey on management structures of botanic gardens

8 June 2011

The Director of Corporate Services (Alasdair Macnab) at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has recently finished a research project (PhD) with the University of Edinburgh Business School which investigated whether the adaptation of the Balanced Scorecard (a strategy formulation and performance measurement framework) conjoined with a new strategic objective costing and budgeting system can improve the governance of public sector /not for profit bodies such as botanic gardens. 

The research site for the project was the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).  Alasdair is now being sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (of which he is a Fellow) to carry out research of comparable institutes to determine whether the managerial constructs developed at the RBGE can be applied within a global context, even if those institutes have different governance structures. 

As part of that research activity Alasdair wishes to capture data by questionnaire from a significant number of botanic gardens around the globe.  All individual information collected will remain confidential but the summarised output from the research will be shared with participants and the wider botanic garden community.  We encourage all botanic gardens to participate in the survey and believe that the output from this work will provide a valuable insight into how we develop our individual strategies and then manage them. 

The survey can be accessed here:

It should take no longer than about 20 minutes to complete.  Please note: the individual information collected would be confidential and only summarised data would be published. The questionnaire will remain open until 15th July 2011.

Thank-you for your assistance.

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