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An analysis of a structured benchmarking project: the case of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s benchmarking project

An analysis of a structured benchmarking project: the case of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s benchmarking project

Al Nuseirat, A., El Kahlout, Z., Abbas, A., Adebanjo, D. ORCID: 0000-0003-4845-9411, Punnakitikashem, P. and Mann, R. (2019) An analysis of a structured benchmarking project: the case of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s benchmarking project. Benchmarking: An International Journal. ISSN 1463-5771 (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/BIJ-02-2018-0032)

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Abstract

Purpose:

The study investigates a benchmarking project carried out by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) as part of a structured benchmarking initiative. The project was based on the TRADE benchmarking methodology and this paper examines the tools, activities and outcomes that relate to each stage of the adopted methodology

Design/methodology/approach:

This study is based on case study methodology. Data was collected from various sources including analysis of project reports written by DEWA’s benchmarking team reporting on their activities during the project. Data was also collected from four project presentations given at different stages of the project. In addition, the research team held three meetings with the DEWA Benchmarking team at different stages of the benchmarking project.

Findings:

The results show the key challenges and successes faced during each stage of the benchmarking project. It indicates the actions taken to overcome the challenges and the role played by internal and external stakeholders in facilitating the success of the benchmarking project.

Practical implications:

The study presents information that would guide organisations that wish to carry out a benchmarking project – and particularly those implementing benchmarking for the first time. The study provides a summary of the key lessons learnt by DEWA’s benchmarking team as a guide for other organisations.

Originality/Value:

Academic research has not adequately examined and analysed the stage-by-stage elements of a benchmarking project from the perspective of the implementing organisation. This study addresses this gap by detailing and analysing the experiences of a benchmarking project by tracking the stage-by-stage activities of the benchmarking team.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Benchmarking, Dubai, TRADE Benchmarking Methodology, DEWA, DGEP
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Faculty of Business > Supply Chain Management Research Group
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Supply Chain Management Research Group
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2019 01:38
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/22233

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