Submitted by egribben1 on December 8, 2010
I am a final year Accountancy student at the University of Manchester, England. I have chosen Tesla as my case study for a management accounting module. I have read in their FAQ's that the relevant information for any academic projects should be sought in their SEC filings, but unfortunately after reading through each individual report (as well as meticulously searching the internet) I have had no luck in finding the information that I need.
The topic is based on the link between strategy and management control systems/management performance measurement within the company. I see that the strategy is clearly communicated throughout their deliverables, but I have encountered great difficulty in discovering any information relating to how Tesla measure their performance or what control systems are used within the organisation to create employee and managerial incentive systems or personnel controls.
I was also trying to uncover whether Tesla tailor their performance measures or use a system of benchmarking considering their differentiation from the typical automobile market?
I have emailed the investor relations link as well but to hedge my bets in case they don't reply (not fully expecting them to) I thought I would chance my arm to see if anyone could help me out in these discussions. Any information at all would be useful as I'm having a really hard time trying to find anything relevant on the internet (due to them being such a new company and having their IPO extremely recently, there are no research journals or historical reports to analyse for the information).