Game-Changing Innovation at Caterpillar

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On Wednesday, December 4, APQC and the Edison Awards will be hosting a Webinar presentation by Caterpillar Inc. on the development of an innovative product. Randy Peterson, advanced technology development manager for Caterpillar, will be discussing how the organization developed the game-changing 336E H hybrid excavator.

How Cisco's Barbarians Program Uses Crowdsourcing to Stay Ahead of the Competition

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Last week, Jennifer Cheung, director of knowledge management at Cisco, presented on an APQC webinar. She discussed how Cisco utilized crowdsourcing to harness the collective IQ, identify experts, and increase its competitive intensity. 

Open Innovation: Findings from APQC’s Best Practices Study

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This Tuesday, September 17, APQC and the Project Management Institute (PMI) will be hosting a Webinar on the findings from the recent best practices study Open Innovation: Enhancing Idea Generation Through Collaboration.

Successful Open Innovation Strategies and Leadership Engagement

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Enthusiastic and engaged senior leaders can play a vital role in enabling a successful open innovation strategy. This is one of the key enablers for open innovation identified in APQC’s recent Best-Practices Report Open Innovation: Enhancing Idea Generation Through Collaboration. Nearly all of the best-practice organizations featured in the report have senior managers that take an active sponsorship role for the open innovation initiative.

How Cisco Systems and General Mills use Open Innovation

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APQC conducted both in-person and virtual site visits in March and early April for the Best Practices Study, Open Innovation: Enhancing Idea Generation Through Collaboration.

Site visits have taken place for the following five best-practice organizations:

Cisco, Corning, BT Among Companies to Be Studied

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APQC’s Best Practices Study, Open Innovation: Enhancing Idea Generation Through Collaboration, is rolling along, and we’re excited about this research. In late January our participating organizations selected the best-practice partners that we will study, and site visits will start this month.

Supply Chain Disruption, Shingo Winners' Supply Chains, and More

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APQC’s supply chain management and product development research agenda is expanding in 2013, and we want you to be involved. In this blog post I’ll give you a quick snapshot of our plans, give you a heads up on our next SCM Community Call, and highlight our Open Standards Benchmarking assessments.

Supply Chain Management and Product Development Update

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Quite a bit of supply chain management and product development content has been created or updated here at APQC over the last six months. I recently hosted a Now in the Knowledge Base: Supply Chain Management webinar that featured all 96 new or updated content items, which your organization can use to improve your supply chain or product development functions.

Product Development Process Benchmarks by Industry

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In a previous blog post on product development, I presented some key cross-industry benchmarks. But what if you want to be more specific in your benchmarking? APQC has created a collection of product development benchmarks for those wanting to know performance within specific industries.