Atypical Risks Take Center Stage

Mary Driscoll's picture

Large companies that operate globally are now rethinking the way they manage significant risks, whether those risks are operational or financial in nature or whether they stem from weak strategic planning. They are not concerned so much about their well-honed processes for procuring and sourcing components, commodities, assembly, administrative services, etc. Rather, they worry about atypical risks that seem to be pooling into a critical mass.

Executive Pay is Up. Is Your Organization Getting Its Money’s Worth?

Elissa Tucker's picture

Reports from The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times indicate that executive compensation has been on the rise. Help ensure your organization gets as much value as possible from its investments in the executive ranks by adopting best practices in executive performance management.

Must Reads on Going Green

Becky Partida's picture

It’s no secret that “going green” is a hot topic among consumers and organizations alike. Consumers are becoming increasingly interested in where the products they purchase come from and how those products impact the environment. This can be seen in the rising popularity of, an open-source Web site that allows consumers and organizations to map the carbon footprint of products (and the materials that make up those products).

Our own Cindy Hubert at the KM Track at LANDWARNET

Stewart Dallas's picture

We are proud to annouce that Cindy Hubert, Executive Director of APQC, is speaking next week at the AFCEA LandWarNet Conference in Florida. The subject is “How to Know What You are Really Getting with All This Knowledge Management (KM) Stuff”.

In Search of the Perfect Process

Michelle Cowan's picture

The word is out: perfectionism stifles improvement. In our personal lives, most of us know that perfectionism can lead to procrastination, a mass of unfinished (because they are "imperfect") projects, wasted time, frustration, inaction, and low self-esteem. Despite this knowledge and many people's ability to accept imperfection in their everyday lives, perfection often permeates the work environment, many times without anyone realizing it.

Embedding ERM in the Organization

Penelope Struckman's picture

Enterprise risk management leaders recognize the significant value of risk management, but selling the importance within the organization can be a challenge. APQC’s Embedding Enterprise Risk Management in the Organization features effective methods used by best-practice organizations to influence culture, change the mental models, and educate the organization on the benefits of risk management.

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.