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Capability/maturity based model for logistics processes assessment: Application to distribution processes

Rachid Benmoussa (Department of Industrial engineering, Cadi Ayyad University (UCA/ENSAM), Marrakech, Morocco)
Charkaoui Abdelkabir (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Management and Innovation, Hassan 1st University, Settat, Morocco)
Achraf Abd (Department of Industrial Engineering, Cadi Ayyad University (UCA/ENSAM), Marrakesh, Morocco)
Marouane Hassou (National School of Applied Sciences Marrakesh, Cadi Ayyad University (UCA), Marrakech, Morocco)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 12 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study how a general standardized processes assessment capability/maturity model, such as Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), can be combined to a standardized benchmark of logistics processes best practices, such as FD X50-604, to propose a new approach that evaluates logistics processes capability/maturity.

Design/methodology/approach

First, an analysis study of CMMI model and X50-604 standard is performed. In order to prove their coherence, a deep comparative analysis of CMMI and X50-604 practices is conducted. As illustration, the paper focuses on a particular application of this approach to evaluate capability/maturity of distribution logistics activities. An industrial case study that aims the validation of this particular application is finally conducted in a furniture company.

Findings

The authors estimate that the paper findings provide an operational guide for industrials to evaluate their distribution processes that is a practical, verifiable, repeatable and extensible to other logistics process areas and an interesting opportunity to evolve the standard FD X50-604 regarding CMMI requirements to assess capability/maturity of logistics processes.

Originality/value

In general, the few capability/maturity-driven models analyzed in literature present some limits that do not allow their diffusion in the industrial level, especially in logistics. This study proposes a new approach based on standards that provide an operational guide for industrials to evaluate their distribution processes based on capability/maturity concept.

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Citation

Benmoussa, R., Abdelkabir, C., Abd, A. and Hassou, M. (2015), "Capability/maturity based model for logistics processes assessment: Application to distribution processes", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 64 No. 1, pp. 28-51. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-08-2012-0084

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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