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A national framework for promoting business excellence (NFPBE)

Stanislaus Lobo (Dr S Lobo Consulting Services, Sydney, Australia)
Premaratne Samaranayake (School of Business, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia)
Kenan M. Matawie (School of Computer, Data and Mathematics Sciences, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia)

Benchmarking: An International Journal

ISSN: 1463-5771

Article publication date: 2 December 2021

Issue publication date: 24 November 2022




The purpose of this paper is to propose a national framework for promoting business excellence (NFPBE) using a quality management assessment framework (QMAF) with information knowledge communication (IKC) as an enabler.


The NFPBE using the plan–do–check–act (PDCA) cycle is developed, re-enforcing key quality management aspects/areas including national quality awards, QMAF summary and national innovation programmes using a meta-analysis.


The operationalising of the NFPBE is enabled and supported by an auditing tool to assess the degree of mentoring provided by universities/research institutions/consulting firms to participating firms whose progress will be assessed by the QMAF. It was emphasised that the success of the framework requires the buy-in of national governments to support the programme through stimulus incentives such as government assistance with the costs of research and development, and cooperative research ventures between universities and companies.

Research limitations/implications

The framework is conceptualised into a process flowchart, which is a blueprint to advancing business excellence in organisations at a national scale. The study is limited to only the conceptualisation of the framework. Therefore, an extended study of the framework implementation/application is required for revealing implementation guidelines.

Practical implications

The national framework has a propensity to enhancing the business excellence of organisations at a national level. Therefore, quality managers and policy makers could use the framework to understand the quality management shortfalls and consider strategies to achieving business excellence.


This research study proposed a blueprint to advancing quality excellence in organisations at a national level, guided by several quality frameworks.



Lobo, S., Samaranayake, P. and Matawie, K.M. (2022), "A national framework for promoting business excellence (NFPBE)", Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. 29 No. 9, pp. 2952-2984.



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