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Benchmarking in Construction by Steven McCabe

By Steven McCabe

This is often the 1st post-Egan ebook to examine benchmarking and KPIs (key functionality signs) within the development industry.Benchmarking is without doubt one of the key administration recommendations the development now must undertake whether it is to satisfy difficult new potency and productiveness ambitions in addition to consumers' calls for for most sensible price. Contracts are more and more being provided in basic terms to contractors who can display the tilt building practices that include benchmarking.This authoritative and available e-book: * clarifies the pondering at the back of benchmarking and why organizations needs to now undertake it*shows how one can organize powerful benchmarking *explains the theoretical heritage and provides transparent, useful guidance*demonstrates top perform even though connection with case stories. There are 9 case reviews describing using KPIs and the appliance of the EFQM excellence version - together with contributions from Morrison and John Mowlem the writer Steve McCabe is senior lecturer within the university of estate and development on the college of critical England in Birmingham. He has carried out broad learn in caliber development thoughts and benchmarking and has broad adventure in with a couple of contractors and in the neighborhood authority area.

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It is worth stating that Rank Xerox do not believe that improvement occurs simply by hoping that people will be willingly involved; there is a need to both convince and train those who contribute. At the start of every Rank Xerox training session, the advice that Sun Tzu offered to Chinese warlords 2000 years ago is quoted. This is, `If you know your enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles'. The message that Rank Xerox wishes to give to its 35 Benchmarking in Construction employees is that in order to beat the opposition, it is essential to know your own weaknesses.

1 shows what McGeorge and Palmer suggest to be an inverted `pyramid of success' (McGeorge & Palmer, 1997: p. 82) Within the company Other companies Other industries EQUALS SUPERIORITY Fig. 1 The objectives of success using benchmarking. Another word which McGeorge and Palmer use which is crucial to successful benchmarking is process. As Bendell et al. , 1997: p. 92). Thus, in every business ± regardless of size or type of business ± there will be processes going on day in, day out. They will be carried out in order to allow the organisation to achieve its aims.

In these sentences the word organisation is used in its widest sense, and in particular, to include a society or body of members. Therefore, the British construction industry can be collectively considered as being an organisation made up of many small members, all of which exist for their own particular purposes. However, the construction industry ± like any industry ± is usually believed to act collectively to ensure that all of its members obtain maximum benefit. 12 As previously discussed, 20 Introduction one of the main recommendations to emerge from the authors of Rethinking Construction was that the industry should `put in place a means of measuring progress towards its objectives and targets towards improvement' (Construction Industry Task Force, 1998: p.

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