Journal of the Operational Research Society

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 283–291

Beyond comparisons—the role for the operational researcher in benchmarking

Original Article

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.jors.2601152

Cite this article as:
Francis, G. & Holloway, J. J Oper Res Soc (2002) 53: 283. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2601152


This paper explores the possible roles for the operational researcher in best practice benchmarking. It describes the range of activities which are carried out in the name of benchmarking, locates this approach in the broader context of performance improvement, and notes some critical concerns including the need to adopt a contingency approach to performance improvement. The paper concludes by encouraging operational researchers to contribute their professional skills to enhance the effectiveness of benchmarking.


benchmarking performance management performance measurement practice of OR 

Copyright information

© Palgrave Publishers Ltd 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Open University Business SchoolMilton KeynesUK

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