Practical Experience of Benchmarking Research in UK Manufacturing

  • Gwyn Groves
  • James Douglas
  • Jeremy Steel


This paper draws upon practical experience of competitive benchmarking projects undertaken in UK clothing manufacture, electronic equipment manufacture and engine assembly plants. By way of contrast, a case study is included which illustrates the use of non-competitive partners in order to identify transferable practices which will lead to performance improvement in a pharmaceutical manufacturing company. The paper draws general conclusions about lessons learned from carrying out benchmarking studies in industry, and pitfalls to avoid.


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© Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gwyn Groves
    • 1
  • James Douglas
    • 1
  • Jeremy Steel
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Industrial and Manufacturing ScienceCranfield UniversityUK

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