KMers, APQC Needs Your Input!

Lauren Trees's picture

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. Strategic design decisions for KM

3. Measuring the impact of KM

4. Leveraging Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for knowledge sharing and collaboration

Employee Wellness. It’s Good Business.

Elissa Tucker's picture

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 productivity, include health-risk assessments, smoking cessation programs, and chronic condition management.

A Learning Session on Category Management

Becky Partida's picture

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 than organizations that do not have category management programs?

Our data also show that these organizations have shorter lead times with suppliers and faster purchase order processing.

Faster, Better Financial Forecasts—Now or Never?

Mary Driscoll's picture

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 bet good money the economists are right this time. And that’s beyond dismal—it’s downright depressing.

An Organization of One

Michelle Cowan's picture

Having trouble deconstructing your business in terms of processes? Try this exercise on for size.

Resources to Help You Meet Your 2011 HR Objectives

Elissa Tucker's picture

2011 is more than halfway through. Find HR trend, benchmarking, and best practices content that can help you reach your human capital management (HCM) goals in my latest Webinar, Now in the Knowledge Base: Human Capital Management.

In this recording, I introduce our newest content on HCM topics such as:

Building a Business Case for KM

Lauren Trees's picture

When you hang out in APQC’s Houston office with Carla O’Dell and Cindy Hubert, the fact that good KM programs are founded on good business cases is ingrained in your psyche. So, when we polled the audience at our last KM conference, I was surprised to see that 28 percent of attendees said their organizations had no business case for KM. Obviously, we need to do more to get the word out about the importance of business cases!

Building a strong foundation: BP Trends Associates’ recent Business Process Manifesto

John Tesmer's picture

We here at APQC read with interest the recently posted Business Process Manifesto from BP Trends Associates.

The manifesto is aimed at cleanly defining what business processes are and their context within an organization. As the lead for the effort Roger Burlton has again facilitated a thought provoking discussion, and the resulting document sets the stage for big things in the near future.

The Latest in Supply Chain Management Content

Becky Partida's picture

Last week Marisa Brown and I hosted a Webinar on the newest supply chain management content in the Knowledge Base. If you want to find out what’s new and what we have planned for the rest of the year, watch the video of the Webinar or take a look at the slides. The slides include links to the new content as well as some reference information at the end on older supply chain management content. Enjoy!

Looking at the intersection of supply chain and risk

Penelope Struckman's picture

APQC is studying enterprise risk management (you can check out our newest report on this topic), and so is our member IBM. Now we want to know how organizations align operations and finance to monitor, mitigate, and monetize risk. We invite you to participate in IBM’s global survey on Enterprise Risk Management to share your viewpoints on your organization’s challenges, strategies, and initiatives.