The Benchmarking Book

1st Edition

A how-to guide to best practice for managers and practitioners

Authors: Tim Stapenhurst
Paperback ISBN: 9780750689052
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 20th April 2009
Page Count: 496


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With growing demands for increased operational efficiency and process improvement in organizations of all sizes, more and more companies are turning to benchmarking as a means of setting goals and measuring performance against the products, services and practices of other organizations that are recognized as leaders.

The Benchmarking Book is an indispensable guide to process improvement through benchmarking, providing managers, practitioners and consultants with all the information needed to carry out effective benchmarking studies.

Covering everything from essential theory to important considerations such as project management and legal issues, The Benchmarking Book is the ideal step-by-step guide to assessing and improving your company’s processes and performance through benchmarking.

Key Features

Focused on best practice across different industries, it offers:
Real-life case studies from a range of businesses to illustrate benchmarking in practice
All the necessary background, definitions, planning considerations and project management tactics
Crucial guidance on how to analyze data, avoid pitfalls and structure reports to achieve the best results


Quality managers, practitioners and consultants. Members of quality organizations and associations, including the American Society for Quality (ASQ--more than 100,000 individual and organizational members).

Table of Contents

PART I: What is Benchmarking?
1. What is Benchmarking?
2. Methods of Benchmarking

PART II: The Benchmarking Process
Phase 1 - Internal Preparation

3. Selecting a Project and Commissioning a Team
4. The Team Begins Work
5. Identifying and Selecting Benchmarking Participants
6. Metrics and Data
7. Normalization: How to compare apples with pears
8. How to Identify Benchmarking Metrics
9. Reviewing and Finalizing Metrics
10. The Importance of Operational Definitions and How to Create Them
11. Finalizing the Project Plan and Gaining Management Support
12. Inviting and Working with Participants

Phase 2 - Benchmarking Performances
13. Effective Acquisition of Complete Accurate Data
14. Turning Data into Recommendations
15. Finalizing the Report and Other Deliverables

Phase 3 - Improving Performance
16. From Report to Improvement
17. Beyond the Numbers: Gathering Information from Participants
18. Implementation Considerations
19. Copying with Understanding

PART III: Managerial and Organizational Aspects of Benchmarking
20. Management Roles and Responsibilities
21. An Introduction to Legal Issues and Working with Consultants

PART IV: Case Studies
22. Benchmarking IT at Citigroup
23. The Drilling Peformance Review - The Evolution of a Benchmarking Club
24. Benchmarking Local Goverment Services
25. The Best Practice Club


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About the Author

Tim Stapenhurst

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, The Sigma Consultancy, UK; previously Head of Management Science, BP Exploration and Senior Operations Research Analyst, Thorne-EMI, Project Leader, Anglo American Corporation