Benchmarking: achieving best value in public-sector organisations
Given the emphasis in today's environment on customer focus, stakeholders' interests, public-sector organisational performance and other methods of assessment are employed to address issues in the new public management and prevailing managerialism in measurement of public-sector organisations
around the world. Therefore, many public-sector organisations have been encouraged to implement benchmarking as one way of satisfying the government's requirement that public organisations provide best-value services. In order to achieve best-value services in public-sector organisations,
benchmarking is considered to be a vital management tool and benchmarking has been used widely in private-sector organisations. This paper focuses on providing a critical view of benchmarking to provide best-value services to taxpayers and local businesses. The paper emphasises that, in order
for benchmarking to be successful in public-sector organisations, it is important to have a full commitment to continuous improvement, an ability to learn from others, and a commitment to implement improvement.