Operational Excellence Assessment Framework for Manufacturing Companies

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Operational Excellence (OE) is a consequence of an enterprise-wide practises based on correct principles that can be classified under four dimensions; Culture, Continuous Process Improvement, Enterprise Alignment and Results. To achieve OE, organisations have to attain a high maturity level and measurable success in the four dimensions as assessed externally by accredited institutions or consultants. External assessment is costly and can be inaccurate due to the lack of in depth knowledge of the organisation by external assessors, on the contrary, self-assessment of an organisations OE is cost effective and accurate if performed with a complete tool which assesses all four dimensions of OE. A complete OE self-assessment tool is currently unavailable, thus this study focuses on the development of a complete OE self-assessment tool. Using a matrix to critically evaluate and compare existing self-assessment tools in areas such as dimensions assessed, scoring criteria and usability, a complete self-assessment tool is then developed based on the combination of existing assessment tools. The tool is validated through the application, by managers, within a manufacturing company that already implements aspects of lean in order to self-assess its OE. The results of the assessment form the basis on which a roadmap to achieving OE is then developed.




Rusev, S. J., & Salonitis, K. (2016). Operational Excellence Assessment Framework for Manufacturing Companies. In Procedia CIRP (Vol. 55, pp. 272–277). Elsevier B.V. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2016.08.026

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