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Supply network configuration benchmarking: Framework development and application in the Indian automotive industry

Roger Moser (EBS Business School, Automotive Institute for Management, Wiesbaden, Germany and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India)
Daniel Kern (University of Erlangen‐Nuremberg, Erlangen‐Nuremberg, Germany)
Sina Wohlfarth (European Business School, Wiesbaden, Germany)
Evi Hartmann (University of Erlangen‐Nuremberg, Erlangen‐Nuremberg, Germany)

Benchmarking: An International Journal

ISSN: 1463-5771

Article publication date: 25 October 2011




The purpose of this paper is to develop a benchmarking framework for the analysis of the supply network configuration of companies and exemplify its applications in the Indian automotive sector.


The authors combine elements of relationship and network theories from different research streams to develop a three‐level supply network configuration benchmarking framework including a dyadic supply chain and network perspective. The analysis of two case companies exemplifies how different supply networks in emerging markets are depending on the specific strategies and institutional context.


The framework works well with the two case studies presented. A major player in the Indian automotive industry is benchmarked against a newcomer in this emerging country. The results can be used to improve each firm's supplier base management approach and create more efficiency in their further development.


This paper builds on current theories to develop a benchmarking framework for supply network configuration analysis combining the dyadic, chain, and network level into one framework. The case example exemplifies the developed framework.



Moser, R., Kern, D., Wohlfarth, S. and Hartmann, E. (2011), "Supply network configuration benchmarking: Framework development and application in the Indian automotive industry", Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. 18 No. 6, pp. 783-801.



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