Why the Interest in Pinterest?

Rachel Brill's picture

As a stereotypical Millennial, I am often approached by APQC's KM subject matter experts to provide “user opinions” on new social media tools. Within a span of four days I had two e-mails in my inbox from Cindy Hubert and Jim Lee inquiring as to how and why I use Pinterest. I was already an active user of the tool, but I had not stopped to think about why I was drawn to it or its implications for collaboration.

Continuous Improvement Barriers

Michelle Cowan's picture

Executing a single improvement initiative is one thing. Creating a culture of continuous improvement is another. The idea of one improvement project is usually fairly clear and straightforward. There is a beginning and an end, clear steps, resources dedicated for certain hours and durations, and a clear end goal or target. What is this business of improving continually? When does it end? Who will sign on indefinitely? Do people understand what's at stake or how we're going to keep this going for any length of time? Continuous improvement is another matter entirely.

Getting Product Development Teams to Capture, Transfer, and Reuse Knowledge

Lauren Trees's picture

Good knowledge managers know that the real value of KM comes not when knowledge is shared, but when it is applied to a new situation—in other words, when the knowledge allows the organization to do something better, faster, cheaper, or more safely. One area where KM can generate a lot of value is the product development (PD) process. Ready access to past designs and lessons learned can empower PD teams to develop more innovative products, bring them to market faster, and avoid reinventing the wheel.

Pricing Pressure Intensifies: APQC Study Examines Evolution in Purchasing Trends for Consulting

Jess Scheer's picture

Turnabout is fair play: Consultants spent decades helping companies squeeze out every bit of margin across supply chains and within their internal operations. Now, consultants are the vendors feeling the vice clamps.

The last decade was bookended by two downturns, both of which led consultants to lower their average hourly rate. And those rates have been slow to climb as the steady migration of consultants into industry has turned clients into smarter buyers of consulting.

Organizations Still Ripe for Payment Fraud

Irene Ngan's picture

Results from the 2012 Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) Fraud and Control Survey conducted in January 2012 have been recently published. In its eighth year, the AFP Fraud and Control Survey highlights the situation, methods, and frequency in which the majority of organizations fall victim to payment fraud.

Solutions to Your Technical Talent Challenges

Elissa Tucker's picture
An informal poll conducted during APQC’s July 2011 Human Capital Management Community Call found that when it comes to managing technical talent organizations’ top challenges span the entire talent management life cycle—from sourcing to developing employees to rewards and recognition and knowledge retention.
 

New Content in Product Development, Procurement, and Logistics

Becky Partida's picture

March has been a busy month at APQC. The highlight of the month so far (at least in the supply chain and product development area) has been the release of three new content pieces.

Collaborate to Compete

Michelle Cowan's picture

Staying ahead doesn't mean that your competitors can't improve. This week, I was reading Eric Lowitt's latest blog post for the Harvard Business Review: Why Your Company Should Partner with Rivals. So many organizations are afraid to open up and collaborate with competitors because they don't want to lose market share or give another organization undue advantage. What most organizations do not realize is that when an entire industry improves, it reaps the benefits.

AP Leaders Really Do It Better

Mary Driscoll's picture

The latest update of the Accounts Payable Productivity Index (APPI)* shows that investments in AP process automation can be very worthwhile. The top-performers in the index (organizations with top-quartile scores for both efficiency and effectiveness) are gaining ground in their efforts to get suppliers to submit invoices electronically.  As acquiescence grows, the pace of process innovation picks up, leading to stronger and stronger management of working capital.

Knowledge Analytics: Business Analytics for Knowledge Management

Carla O'Dell's picture

These are exciting times for knowledge management: social media has reinvigorated many programs; we know the best practices for developing and implementing a KM strategy; mobile devices have revolutionized the way we work; measurement has gotten more sophisticated. What better time for a leap forward in how we understand KM’s impact on the business?