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Measuring the maturity of service supply chain process: a new framework

Hadi Balouei Jamkhaneh (Department of Industrial Management, Persian Gulf University, Bushehr, Iran)
Abdol Hamid Safaei Ghadikolaei (Department of Industrial Management, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar, Iran)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 24 November 2020



The aim of this study is to develop a framework for measuring of service supply chain (SSC) maturity process.


The main framework of the SSC maturity was developed by reviewing the concepts and models of SSC, business excellence, maturity and supply chain performance evaluation. Then, the maturity level of each excellence criterion was defined in the proposed model by using the excellence criteria for SSC and the concept of Plan, Do, Check and Act (PDCA) cycle in combination with the process survey tools maturity model. Based on the excellence criteria and their maturity levels, a questionnaire was designed to practically measure the proposed framework.


The concepts and features of maturity levels defined for each of the excellence criteria were used to implement and operationalize the proposed framework and evaluate the SSC processes.

Practical implications

Through the assessment of the existing status of SSC processes, the findings allow managers to reach a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of such processes. Then, some opportunities are provided for improving each excellence criterion to enhance the performance of each process.


In fact, this study provides guidelines for organizations to measure their progress and performance and improve their management systems. The main advantages of the proposed SSC measurement framework include self-assessment facilitation, calculation of criteria scores and development of uses. The proposed model, like quality and productivity awards, can pave the way for increased competitiveness of the service industry.



Balouei Jamkhaneh, H. and Safaei Ghadikolaei, A.H. (2020), "Measuring the maturity of service supply chain process: a new framework", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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