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Benchmarking: A Signpost to Excellence in Quality and Productivity

ISBN: 978-0-471-94180-4
208 pages
March 1994
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In the industrialized world, it is widely accepted that a free market leads to greater efficiency in terms of productivity and cost. But how can competition be introduced into situations where for example alternative suppliers cannot be used? Benchmarking provides an effective substitute for competition. Benchmarking is a continuous, systematic process for comparing your own efficiency in terms of productivity, quality and practices with those companies and organizations that represent excellence. It has been demonstrated to have a profound effect in numerous situations where conditions of a 'planned economy' exist.

Benchmarking: A Signpost to Excellence in Quality and Productivity explains the concept of efficiency and how benchmarking can be utilized to improve performance. The authors identify three categories of benchmarking:

  • Internal: between units of an organization
  • External: between competitors
  • Functional: equivalent operations in different organizations

To set up your own project, the book provides a step-by-step guide through the following essential stages:

  • Deciding what to benchmark
  • Identifying benchmarking partners
  • Gathering and analyzing information
  • Implementing for effect

This is a must have book for any organization embarking on the Benchmarking process.

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Table of Contents



Aspects and Categories of Benchmarking.

Implementation of Benchmarking.

Stage 1: Decide What to Benchmark.

Stage 2: Identify Benchmarking Partners.

Stage 3: Gather Information.

Stage 4: Analyze.

Stage 5: Implement for Effect.

From Benchmarking to Benchlearning.


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Author Information

Bengt Karlof is the senior partner and president of Karlof and Partners Consultancy, a Swedish-based strategy consultancy with worldwide interests. Renowned for his work in the area of strategic development, Bengt Karlof has acted as a consultant for numerous major organizations in both the public and private sectors over the past ten years. He lectures widely in both academic institutions and at management seminars on all aspects of strategy. He has written a number of books on the subject which have been translated into several languages. Always from a practical stance, Bengt Karlof's aim is to produce a business strategy which will make organizations work more efficiently.
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