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.

Measure and Improve Product Development Performance

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How does your organization’s product development function compare with that of other organizations? In this post I want to talk about data for a few key performance indicators in product development. The data presented here is taken from APQC’s Open Standards Benchmarking in product development.

Collaborate to Innovate

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Do you want to expand your organization’s idea-generating capacity? APQC’s upcoming Best Practices Study, Enhancing Idea Generation Through Collaboration, aims to look at how organizations use outside sources to bring additional value inside.

The reality is that more talent exists outside your organization’s walls than inside. This is true regardless of what industry you are in, how large your enterprise is, or how experienced and educated your employees are. 

To Offshore or Reshore?

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Has your organization looked closely at whether offshoring manufacturing is the best choice? During a recent Webinar, Harry Moser of the Reshoring Initiative discussed how organizations can calculate the total cost of ownership for offshoring manufacturing. The Webinar was hosted by APQC and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) Benchmarking Community of Practice (CoP).

An Update on Supply Chain and Product Development Content

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Did you know that APQC has created or updated 87 pieces of supply chain management and product development content since the beginning of 2012? Find out what’s new in the presentation Now in the Knowledge Base: Supply Chain Management.

Capturing and Transferring Knowledge in Product Development

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If you haven’t had a chance to check out APQC’s newest product development best practices report, Improving the Flow of Knowledge in Product Development, we’ve made it easy to get an overview of the report’s findings.

Webinar on Manufacturing in North America

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APQC members can download a recording and the slides from the June APQC/AME Benchmarking CoP Webinar.