What’s Next for Communities of Practice? Participate in APQC’s New Next-generation CoPs Research

Rachele Collins, Ph.D.'s picture

Over the past 15 years, APQC has conducted four large-scale studies on communities of practice and identified dozens of best practices related to building and sustaining effective communities. However, as technology and work norms evolve, we must consider whether classic community structures still deliver the same value they did a decade ago. Do communities retain pride of place in the KM toolkit, or have new tools for enterprise social networking and collaboration shifted the landscape?

Getting People to Actually Like Virtual Collaboration

Lauren Trees's picture

What are the biggest disconnects between how people currently work and how they want to work, and what can organizations do to improve the future of work for everyone? This fall, APQC surveyed more than 1,000 people about their current work experiences and what changes would make them happier and more productive.

How Can Big Companies Keep Millennials From Leaving?

Alex Leake's picture

The days of staying at a company until retirement is now a foreign concept to many people—most of all, millennials. We know that millennials are more likely than any previous generation to switch jobs and that six in 10 millennials are open to new job opportunities. This is a great cause of worry for many employers, given the high cost of turnover and training.

Surprise! Women and Men Have Different Workplace Preferences

Rachele Collins, Ph.D.'s picture

In my not so recent past, I was a divorced single mother, working full-time, and going part-time to a local state university for my Ph.D. That was hard. The word that I used for my life during those days was satisficing – It generally means you do the minimum on all fronts to get by.

5 Biggest Benchmark Problems and How To Fix Them

Holly Lyke's picture

As you may have heard from us a few times, benchmarking is a top tool used by leadership teams to support decision making. So, to dig into that topic, APQC surveyed over 300 professionals—across functional boundaries—to understand their common benchmarking practices and the value derived from benchmarking. What we found is that benchmarking does indeed play a vital role in many organizations.

APQC takes on KMWorld 2016!

Cindy Hubert's picture

Countdown is on! I will be attending KMWorld 2016 November 14-17in Washington DC, and I’m bringing along 4 of my APQC colleagues – Darcy, Lauren, Zakiya, and Jennifer. Jane Dysart and her group put on a wonderful week and we get to be part of that in a big way!

Skeptics Beware: Communities of Practice Are the Real Deal

Lauren Trees's picture

I read on Facebook that October 13 is International Skeptics Day.

Or is it?

If you’re like me, you’ve probably learned to view a lot of what you see on social media with a skeptical eye. You figured out a long time ago that just about anyone can create a meme designed to convince you that aliens are coming, a politician is up to no good, or clowns are lurking behind every corner. And you’re not buying it.

Amazon Prime’s Random Approach To Productivity

Carla O'Dell's picture

Amazon.  The Behemoth of Booksellers.  The Disruptor of Retail.   The Patron Saint of the US Postal Service (their Prime saved USPS’s bacon).

Amazon. The Paragon of Predictive Analytics.  The Role Model of Recommendation Systems.

Given Amazon’s obsession with data and analytics, I was blown away when I saw this video of how Amazon arranges their Prime Now warehouse.

3 Surprising Knowledge Management Workspace Trends

Lauren Trees's picture

It feels like I can’t open a browser these days without encountering a sweeping statement about the future of work. A lot of the headlines are intentionally over the top, from robots coming to take your job to Millennials not wanting to work. But beyond the clickbait, people’s relationship to work is changing.

How Process Management is Like Teenage Boys?

Holly Lyke's picture

As many of you know by now, I’m the proud parent of a high school student, with all the joys and frustrations that entails. I was recently struck with how much being a parent is like managing a business. Think about it. There are:

  • performance measures to monitor—grades and standardized tests,

  • workflows to manage—time management and study habits, and

  • employees to engage—celebrating successes, keeping morale high, and working with my son to embrace changes to study habits and prioritizing assignments over video games.