Achieving Compliance Through Supply Chain Visibility

Becky Partida's picture

What are global manufacturers doing to ensure that they achieve compliance with global regulations? APQC recently conducted a survey of organizations on the responsibilities associated with implementing product stewardship programs. The survey yielded some interesting results with regard to supply chain visibility.

New “Conflict Minerals” Disclosure Rules

Irene Ngan's picture

On August 22, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new controversial rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Under these new rules, organizations that issue securities and file financial statements with the SEC must disclose the use of conflict minerals—defined as tantalum, tin, gold, and tungsten—mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or surrounding counties (including Angola and its Cabinda Province, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia).

The Cost of Not Knowing

Chris Gardner's picture

Trustworthy information remains the critical element needed for good decision making. When it comes to improvement initiatives, many business leaders rely on a combination of facts and intuition to make the call on what will work. To strengthen the “facts” part of the equation, the source of information must be credible. Those facts provide greater insights that can lead to better business outcomes. Conversely, the cost of not knowing those facts can bring detrimental consequences to the business through sub-optimal performance and missed opportunities.

Market Your Knowledge Management Program

Lauren Trees's picture

Last May, I had the pleasure of sitting in on a fabulous breakout session at APQC’s 2012 knowledge management conference in Houston. The session, presented by Kim Harvell Glover and Tamara Viles of Aspen Technology, focused on ways to market and “sell” KM programs to employees in order to increase participation and, ultimately, business impact. Kim and Tamara are fantastic presenters, and what Aspen has achieved with its KM program is remarkable, especially given the relatively small size of the company (around 1300 employees).

Case Studies for Implementing a Process Classification Framework

Abigail Heller's picture

The new Process Classification Framework (PCF) version 6.0.0 is available. Likely, you know the benefits that can result from implementing it into your organization, but figuring out how to get started can be overwhelming. If this is the case, you’re not alone. APQC recommends eight different case studies that discuss how different organizations implemented the PCF into their daily operations.

New Tools Help HR Assess Progress and Make Plans

Elissa Tucker's picture

At this time of year, many APQC members and customers are busy assessing their performance in 2012 and making ambitious plans for 2013. As your HR function considers where it’s been and where it wants to be, take a look at the new tools and resources that APQC has available to assist you.

Keys to Unearthing 2013’s Hidden Consulting Demand

Jess Scheer's picture

It’s all a matter of perspective.

Countless books, reports, and journal articles lament the decline of the consulting profession, couching this grim forecast in phrases like the “end of big ideas.”

By Request: Strategic Sourcing

Becky Partida's picture

Are you looking to read more on strategic sourcing? Here at APQC we’ve been receiving a lot of requests for content on this topic. We have plenty available for both APQC members and nonmembers.

What Is One Thing You Would Change?

Irene Ngan's picture

APQC, in conjunction with EPM Channel, conducted a survey this summer to better understand trends in finance talent development. When asked, “what one change would make the most difference to your finance organization and its ability to add value to the enterprise?” 26 percent of survey participants responded with a desire for better technology and information management tools. The second most popular responses (tied at 20 percent) were to change or enhance the role of finance and to increase finance staff.

Top 10 Complimentary Knowledge Management Resources

Lauren Trees's picture

Here at APQC, we publish a lot of content exclusively for our members, but we also make our research available to the broader public. So, of the hundreds of content pieces publicly available in our Knowledge Base, which are downloaded most often? Below is a top 10 list of some of our most popular articles, white papers, and assessments.