Procuring by Category

Marisa Brown's picture

What practice in procurement is associated with shorter supplier lead times and faster PO
processing? Category Management. By clustering suppliers into categories, you can leverage similar market intelligence, sourcing strategies, and supplier relationship management programs. Here's an article with actual APQC data on this topic: Procurement Category Management: Faster Purchase Order Cycle Time

Zen for Process Management

Michelle Cowan's picture

No one knows who first said it, but a popular saying asserts: "You don't know where you're going until you know where you've been." I'd like to offer an equally, if not more important, statement that can be applied to process management and improvement: "You don't know where you can go if you don't know where you are."

Managing Enterprise Risk: Maturity Matters

Penelope Struckman's picture

Effectively Managing Risk Across the Enterprise is a new and ground-breaking report from APQC on enterprise risk management (ERM). The pioneers featured have crafted mature ERM programs that not only protect them from major negative events, whether strategic, operational, or financial, but also help them to stretch their wings in pursuit of ambitious aims.

Is Knowledge Management an HR Priority? Should It Be?

Elissa Tucker's picture

APQC research suggests that while many aspects of knowledge management (KM) relate to the work force, KM isn’t typically a top priority for HR. But at organizations where HR is involved in KM efforts, the benefits to business performance can be significant.

Five Best Practices for Work Force Planning Success

Elissa Tucker's picture

What are the essential ingredients for work force planning success? What work force planning strategies, processes, and practices give your organization an advantage over competitors? In thinking about these questions, did any of the following approaches come to mind?

Killer Instincts in Product Development

Marisa Brown's picture

It might seem harsh to talk about killing potential new products before they launch. Killing them before they go to market means they never get a chance to be the next "big thing." But the reality is that organizations with the ability to make those tough decisions tend to have greater success in the market for those products that they do launch.

True Grit: More Than a Movie

Mary Driscoll's picture

APQC research shows that a growing number of financial executives have resolved that traditional approaches for managing business performance are no longer adequate.

As large organizations struggle to plan and execute growth strategy in an economic recovery that is hard to read, many are embracing a paradigm shift which, although not new conceptually, now stands a very good chance of changing the way businesses control and deploy resources.

How’s Your KM Budget Doing?

Lauren Trees's picture

At APQC’s KM conference this year, Carla O’Dell asked the audience how their KM budgets had fared in the last year. The results were mixed, but mostly positive: Almost half the attendees said there had been little or no change between 2010 and 2011, while another 40+ percent said their budgets had increased.

What happened to your KM budget in 2011, compared to 2010?

New Product Development - Best Practices and Performance Metrics

Marisa Brown's picture

Want to know how leading organizations keep their innovation processes rigorous yet flexible? APQC gathered data from 250+ organizations and created two reports: the first is more qualitative and focuses on the best practices. The second is quantitative and highlights the metrics and benchmarks of the best performing organizations.