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International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Online from: 1980

Subject Area: Operations and Logistics Management

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Measurement of productivity of professional services: Anillustration on Swedish management consulting firms


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Title:Measurement of productivity of professional services: Anillustration on Swedish management consulting firms
Author(s):Lilach Nachum, (Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK)
Citation:Lilach Nachum, (1999) "Measurement of productivity of professional services: Anillustration on Swedish management consulting firms", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 19 Iss: 9, pp.922 - 950
Keywords:Consultants, Measurement, Productivity, Professional service firms, Sweden
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/01443579910280269 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Existing measures of productivity were designed to measure productivity in industries in which both input and output are tangible standardised quantities. They are inadequate for productivity measurement of professional services, where intangible and specialised factors of production are in use. This paper seeks to address the difficulties associated with the measurement of productivity of professional service firms and to propose a more adequate measure of productivity in these industries. This measure is tested on a sample of Swedish management consulting firms, and is assessed in relation to several performance indicators of these firms. The findings illustrate the inadequacy of the manufacturing-based measurement procedures and demonstrate that a measure which acknowledges the unique characteristics of professional services correlates better with firms’ performance. As this field of research is in its infancy, these findings are only suggested as indications for direction in which future research is needed.



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