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Achieve Finance Function Excellence


Every six months, the APQC financial management (FM) team hosts a webinar that provides an overview of the Finance and Accounting resources available through the Knowledge Base. The purpose of hosting this “Now in the Knowledge Base” community call is to review recent research, present upcoming…

Process Management: An Explanation for the Masses


One of the big hurdles in my work is explaining the value of process management to people who are actually executing processes—ones that I’m trying to put under control. It’s not easy. Many times the value appears dubious—the return on investment (ROI) can’t be achieved in the short term. People…

Fiscal Cliff Deal Affects Fixed Asset Management


On January 1, 2013, final passage of the “fiscal cliff bill,” otherwise known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, averted scheduled income tax increases and spending reduction requirements, much to the relief of many. However, this new Act also retroactively reinstates for 2012 many fixed…

Knowledge Management Evaluations in 2013


According to the feedback I get, improving how knowledge management initiatives are measured is a popular resolution for 2013. After all, effective tracking and assessment is the best way to show value, prove your business case, and hone your program over time. If you’re reevaluating your approach…

Restart Your Performance Management Process


Let’s face it—the performance review process as most of us know it is broken. For too many companies, the performance management process is a purely administrative exercise, with HR pros forced to strong-arm managers to complete wayward reviews so annual increases have some type of justification…

Proposed Food Safety Rules Released


In a previous blog post, I discussed steps organizations are taking to comply with the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) despite a lack of rules from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcing the law. On January 4, the FDA initiated a 120-day comment period on the first two rules…