The Urgent Need to Treat Finance Talent as an Asset

Irene Ngan's picture

Recently, I spoke on the phone with Jonathan Schiff, president of Schiff Consulting Group, about talent development within finance organizations. Schiff points out that “finance staff are being asked to do many more things with fewer people because of the headcount reductions that took place during the recession. At the same time, more key people in senior level positions are choosing to leave. They’re not going to another company – they’re really looking to retire early in their late-fifties or early-sixties.” The stresses of the job have become untenable for many.

How to Transfer Best Practices in Your Organization

Lauren TREES's picture

Recently, a lot of people have been asking me about the best way to transfer best practices. APQC has tons of content on this topic, but I realized we didn’t have an updated overview article that lays out the basics, so I wrote one: How to Transfer Internal Best Practices. The article is based on our collaborative research as well as what we’ve learned working with clients, and it contains a great example from Alcoa World Alumina.

Big Differences Found in HR Shared Services Center Performance

Elissa Tucker's picture

The difference between top and bottom performance levels for HR shared services organizations (HR SSOs) is significant. These are the findings of an HR SSO benchmarking study conducted by APQC and consulting company ScottMadden.

The survey of 20 HR SSOs revealed that compared to bottom performers, top performing HR SSOs:

APQC Members Named Top Supply Chains

Becky Partida's picture

Analyst firm Gartner named nine APQC member organizations in its annual Supply Chain Top 25 released May 22. Gartner’s list identifies global leaders in the supply chain industry using financial data, analyst opinions, and peer opinions.

The nine APQC members are:

Growth-Challenged Companies Invest in Consulting Projects

Jess Scheer's picture

After several years of selling mostly cost-cutting work, many consulting firms refocused their market positioning around growth-related projects. Who are the best prospects? Conventional wisdom would say that companies experiencing high, double-digit, growth should be the ones most willing to invest in consulting projects, right?

Need for CEOs to Drive Risk Management

Irene Ngan's picture

CEOs of large, global non-financial companies are now absorbing the latest ideas and best practices in the realm of enterprise risk management (ERM). They are dispatching trained managers to spread a sense of urgency to the whole workforce and fortifying managerial processes that will systematically anticipate, identify, quantify, and mitigate major risk events when they—inevitably—emerge. What does this mean?

Seeking Presentations for APQC 2012 Process Conference

Marisa Brown's picture

We want to hear from you! Submit an abstract by May 31 to be considered as a presenter at APQC’s 2012 Process Conference. The conference is October 25-26, and the theme is Block & Tackle: Leveraging Process for Results. We are looking for presentations that tell the story of business process management initiatives from conception through implementation to results.

How External Forces Impact Knowledge Management

Lauren TREES's picture

Of all the great keynotes at APQC’s knowledge management conference last month, I learned the most from Carla O’Dell’s. (And yes, technically she’s my boss, but it’s still true!) I always feel like Carla has her finger on the pulse of KM, and her remarks at the conference were no exception. She framed her speech around three business and technology trends she sees transforming the KM landscape:

Share Your Insights on 3PLs

Becky Partida's picture

Third-party logistics providers (3PLs) have become an integral part of the supply chain industry, and many are expanding the services they provide to shippers. But what services are 3PLs and fourth-party logistics providers (4PLs) really providing? And are 3PLs and 4PLs meeting their customers’ needs?

Work Force Planning 4 Ways

Elissa Tucker's picture

Talent shortages have many organizations revisiting their approaches to work force planning.

APQC’s Work Force Capabilities survey revealed that a majority of participating organizations are experiencing talent shortages [1] and that most of these organizations see work force planning as part of their answer to the talent shortage challenge [2].