You Can Shape Our PD/Innovation Research

Becky Partida's picture

At APQC we’re finalizing our product development/innovation best practices research agenda for the year. But we want your input to make sure the study topic we choose is what you most want to know about.

Take our short Web-based survey at to let us know which topics interest you most. Potential study topics include:

Can We Take Collaboration to the Next Level?

Lauren Trees's picture

I am always looking for mentions of knowledge management in popular media, and this piece from a recent New York Times caught my eye: Crowd-Sourcing Expands Power of Brain Research. In it, Benedict Carey describes a large scientific study in which multiple research centers around the globe shared their data to create a single, more comprehensive database.

It’s Recovery Time for Work/Life Balance

Elissa Tucker's picture

Over the past several years, high levels of unemployment pushed the topic of work/life balance to the HR sidelines. With hiring in the United States reaching levels not seen since 2008 (as reported by the Gallup Job Creation Index), the time has come for HR to revisit work/life balance.

During the global recession, workers assumed heavy workloads and worked long hours in an effort to remain employed. As they gain more employment options, they will seek to restore balance between their work and personal lives.

Material Master Data Management

Becky Partida's picture

Many organizations have multiple software systems supporting their supply chains. Warehouse management systems, ERP systems, and other software used for procurement, inventory, and transportation processes can have conflicting data.

Retain Talent with Better Programs

Irene Ngan's picture

In a survey conducted in March 2012 by APQC and IEG, 65 percent of finance organizations have some strategy for talent development, either with a coherent, continuous strategy or intermittent attempts. However, an alarming 52 percent of those same respondents who are making an effort to develop talent believe they will suffer from talent flight once the economy truly picks up.

Processes Are People, Too

Michelle Cowan's picture

Processes are more than activities, tasks, steps, and procedures. They involve people. Sure, we've mechanized large portions of many processes, but people are never far from the activities. People drive processes, and yet, so many organizations ignore the human element within processes, trying to change the way work is accomplished on a purely mechanical level. Organizations eventually learn that change will never happen without the involvement of people.

Best Practices, Articles, and Case Studies on KM Engagement and Participation

Lauren Trees's picture

Lots of organizations provide tools and approaches to support knowledge management, but only a few have figured out how to integrate KM into their cultures and get employees excited about sharing what they know. If you’re interested in best practices for increasing KM participation rates, check out APQC’s new content collection, which contains 31 pieces based on our 2011 “Engagement and Participation for Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration” study.

Just Released—Technical Talent Management Report

Elissa Tucker's picture

Earlier this week, we released our latest human capital management (HCM) best practices report. It is full of strategies to help organizations beat the technical talent shortage.

Technical Talent Management: Sourcing, Developing, and Retaining Technical Talent describes 19 best practices for effectively managing technical talent across the employment life cycle. Topics include:

Procurement and Product Development

Becky Partida's picture

Procurement has been gaining visibility through innovative developments that provide value to the enterprise beyond lower-cost goods. This new role for procurement led APQC to conduct the study Supplier Category Management: Driving Value Through the Procurement Organization, which looked at how procurement can maximize purchasing value through the use of strategic categories of suppliers.

Financial Process Improvement - the Goals Have Become Broader

Mary Driscoll's picture

According to research conducted in March 2012 by APQC in partnership with IEG, 81 percent of large corporations are currently investing in at least one major program to improve financial management processes.  This is a marked departure from previous efforts, which were relatively narrow in scope.