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Atypical Risks Take Center Stage

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Large companies that operate globally are now rethinking the way they manage significant risks, whether those risks are operational or financial in nature or whether they stem from weak strategic planning. They are not concerned so much about their well-honed processes for procuring and sourcing…

Must Reads on Going Green

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It’s no secret that “going green” is a hot topic among consumers and organizations alike. Consumers are becoming increasingly interested in where the products they purchase come from and how those products impact the environment. This can be seen in the rising popularity of Sourcemap.org, an open-…

In Search of the Perfect Process

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The word is out: perfectionism stifles improvement. In our personal lives, most of us know that perfectionism can lead to procrastination, a mass of unfinished (because they are "imperfect") projects, wasted time, frustration, inaction, and low self-esteem. Despite this knowledge and many people's…

Embedding ERM in the Organization

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Enterprise risk management leaders recognize the significant value of risk management, but selling the importance within the organization can be a challenge. APQC’s Embedding Enterprise Risk Management in the Organization features effective methods used by best-practice organizations to…

KMers, APQC Needs Your Input!

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Here at APQC, we’re working to finalize our knowledge management research agenda for winter/spring 2011−2012. Based on the conversations we’ve had so far, a lot of our members and clients seem to be struggling with four things: 1. Creating a knowledge-sharing culture that delivers results 2.…

Employee Wellness. It’s Good Business.

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It has taken half a century but wide-spread support for "wellness" is finally here. A majority of medium and large-size employers have implemented some form of health and productivity management (HPM) or employee wellness initiative. Common initiatives, aimed at improving employee health and…

A Learning Session on Category Management

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APQC’s Open Standards Benchmarking research has some interesting information on organizations with category management programs in procurement. For instance, did you know that at the median level, these organizations process nearly 100 percent more purchase orders per full-time equivalent employee…

Faster, Better Financial Forecasts—Now or Never?

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Economics has long been called “the dismal science.” The reason is that economists tend to make predictions that prove wrong. So, here we are in August 2011, and the consensus view is that developed countries such as the U.S. will experience slow and uneven GDP growth over the next 12 months. I’d…