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Managing effectiveness and efficiency through FM blueprinting

Christian Coenen (Institute of Facility Management, Zurich University for Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland)
Daniel von Felten (Institute of Facility Management, Zurich University for Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland)
Mirjam Schmid (Institute of Facility Management, Zurich University for Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland)

Facilities

ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 5 July 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the specifics of facilities management (FM) process modelling and the application of the service blueprinting technique within the field of FM. The paper aims to develop a visualisation method for optimised management of process interfaces to better integrate core and support processes and increase effectiveness and efficiency.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on an extensive overview of general management literature about process management issues in FM, certain challenges and requirements of FM process modelling are presented and discussed. Service blueprinting, a technique known from services marketing, is introduced and characterised in detail. Subsequently, the application of blueprinting within the FM sector is discussed and the specifics of FM blueprinting are presented. A qualitative case‐based research in the health‐care sector was conducted to provide a practical insight into this technique.

Findings

The paper argues that the implementation of FM blueprinting gives management the opportunity of improving process steps and dependent interrelationships between core and support processes. The insights not only apply to the field of management, but can also readily be used for operations.

Originality/value

The paper presents a new process modelling method that supports the customer‐oriented perspective within FM and facilitates the visualisation of simultaneous complex process networks within core and support businesses. The paper introduces the possibility of including measures to achieve effectiveness and efficiency within one single process visualisation.

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Citation

Coenen, C., von Felten, D. and Schmid, M. (2011), "Managing effectiveness and efficiency through FM blueprinting", Facilities, Vol. 29 No. 9/10, pp. 422-436. https://doi.org/10.1108/02632771111146332

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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