Performance measurement in the natural gas industry: a case study of Ghana's natural gas supply chain

Yusuf, Yahaya orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-6045-3245, Gunasekaran, Angappa, Papadopoulos, Thanos, Auchterlounie, Wendy, Hollomah, Delphine and Menhat, Masha (2018) Performance measurement in the natural gas industry: a case study of Ghana's natural gas supply chain. Benchmarking, 25 (8). pp. 2913-2930. ISSN 1463-5771

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The main purpose of this research is to develop a performance measurement model for the entire supply chain that includes balanced set of performance measures.
The conceptual model was validated empirically in case companies through semi-structured interviews and content analysis of documents.
Performance measures are important to companies in the natural gas supply chain to assess performance against set objectives in order to identify loopholes in performance. This is important in order to remain competitive. The research found that both financial and non-financial performance measures are employed by companies to measure performance. The results also indicate that six performance criteria of the conceptual model are vital to the natural gas supply chain. In addition, all identified measures under each of criteria impact on performance of the supply chain with customer service and financial criteria considered as most important.
The empirical data collected from the natural gas supply chain in Ghana was relatively small however, additional information was obtained from company data and relevant magazines. Also, getting through to specific target participant was a challenge due to busy work schedule but, in case companies where it proved impossible, other staff who were also involved in supply chain were interviewed instead.
This research provides a useful source of information on performance measures for practitioners in the natural gas industry who wish to measure performance of their supply chain. It also provides areas from which further and additional research can be carried out.
This research provides performance measures for the natural gas supply chain of Ghana. Typically, performance measures have been evaluated in discrete manufacturing supply chain, petroleum industry supply chain and oil industry supply chain. This research expanded on ideas from these studies and applied them in the natural gas industry.

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