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Measuring supply chain performance: current research and future directions

Craig Shepherd (The Institute of Work Psychology, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
Hannes Günter (ETH Zurich, Organization Work and Technology Group, Zurich, Switzerland)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 1 April 2006




This paper aims to go some way towards addressing the dearth of research into performance measurement systems and metrics of supply chains by critically reviewing the contemporary literature and suggesting possible avenues for future research.


The article provides a taxonomy of performance measures followed by a critical evaluation of measurement systems designed to evaluate the performance of supply chains.


The paper argues that despite considerable advances in the literature in recent years, a number of important problems have not yet received adequate attention, including: the factors influencing the successful implementation of performance measurement systems for supply chains; the forces shaping their evolution over time; and, the problem of their ongoing maintenance.


The paper provides a taxonomy of measures and outlines specific implications for future research.



Shepherd, C. and Günter, H. (2006), "Measuring supply chain performance: current research and future directions", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 55 No. 3/4, pp. 242-258.



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