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Notes that despite a considerable amount of literature on the impact of strategic purchasing and TQM on organizational performance, empirical evidence of the dynamic link is not easy to find. Examination of current literature identifies confusing definitions of strategic purchasing and TQM...
Investigates the link between benchmarking and operational performance using a sample of over 600 European manufacturing sites. Benchmarking is linked to the identification and adoption of improved operational practices, an increased understanding of competitive positioning, and the larger...
The continuous pursuit of excellence is the underlying and ever present goal of benchmarking practices. Benchmarking is an external focus on internal activities, functions, or operations in order to achieve continuous improvement. It is the process of judging a company’s processes or products...
Presents the results of a survey of how innovation is managed by French small and medium‐sized enterprises. Focuses on drivers for change, actions to improve short‐ and long‐ term profitability, sources of innovation, and the relationship between different managerial orientations in the...
Investigates functional strategies aimed at developing competitive advantage in terms of both their perceived importance by management and their actual impact on organizational performance in Australian manufacturing companies. Considers factors such as productivity, research and development and...
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