Knowledge Flow in the Wake of a Merger or Acquisition

Lauren Trees's picture

More and more companies are undergoing mergers and acquisitions to increase their market share and stay competitive. But M&As that look great in the boardroom can create serious challenges for line managers and rank-and-file employees. When two organizations unite, hierarchies and cultures must be combined, processes must be redefined, and a large number of employees must be re-onboarded and connected. And all this needs to get done quickly so that the integrated organization can start accruing the benefits that the merger or acquisition was designed to achieve.

9 Keys to Managing Executive Performance

Elissa Tucker's picture

Now is the time for organizations to focus on executive performance. A recent survey of 1,800 executives conducted by global management consulting firm Booz & Company found:

“The majority of executives in all industries indicate that their companies lack ‘coherence’: They struggle with setting a clear and differentiating strategy, ensuring day-to-day decisions are in line with their strategy and allocating resources in a way that supports the strategy.”

What’s Going on with Supplier Relationship Management?

Becky Partida's picture

Supplier relationship management (SRM) has received attention for its potential to improve supply chain effectiveness and dependability through greater collaboration with suppliers. Perhaps you’ve wondered: How many organizations have implemented SRM programs? How dependable are the supply chains for these organizations?

Following the Crowd

Michelle Cowan's picture

Executive: We need to implement business process management. How do we go about doing it?

Colleague: Well, we don't have a center for process improvement, and the group that usually handles enterprise projects does not have expertise in process management specifically.

Executive: I hear that lots of folks are using the Normative Enterprise… Framework… um…

Colleague: The Normative Enterprise Workflow Framework and Associated Definitions?

Executive: Yes! The NEWFAD. Can we implement that? Should we implement it?

Tell Your Story at APQC’s Next KM Conference

Lauren Trees's picture

We still have three months left in 2011, but APQC is already hard at work planning our 2012 knowledge management conference, which will take place April 26 and 27 in Houston. To help us put together the best possible event, please consider submitting an abstract to be considered as a presenter!

The Real Pros are Facing IFRS Now

Mary Driscoll's picture

For more than a decade, finance executives have been hearing about the difficulties that would land in their laps once the SEC set the date on which U.S. firms would have to stop using GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) and start using the “globally harmonized” accounting regime known as International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Understandably, many tuned out the forecasts of woe, concluding that they’d deal with the challenge only when absolutely forced to do so.

Protect Your Organization’s Intellectual Capital

Elissa Tucker's picture

With the impending retirement of the Baby Boomer generation, the need for transferring knowledge is a business imperative. A recent BusinessWeek article, Intelligence Lost: The Boomers Are Exiting, notes “The loss of business intelligence and corporate knowledge, especially in R&D-focused organizations, could amount to billions of dollars in lost intellectual capital. Leaders must act fast.” If you are an HR leader, where do you start?

Majoring in SCM

Becky Partida's picture

In my last blog post I outlined the essential skills for supply chain managers, as indicated by readers of the Focus Research Web site. That post focused more on skills rather than how supply chain professionals gain those skills.

Stuck in a Rut?

Michelle Cowan's picture

It's difficult to shake off old patterns, especially when those patterns are dysfunctional processes in an organization. Most organizations have processes that they know do not work, and yet they hold onto them—sometimes for years.

Three Ways to Cultivate a Knowledge-Sharing Culture

Lauren Trees's picture

Most of you have probably seen the first excerpt we published from Carla O’Dell and Cindy Hubert’s new book The New Edge in Knowledge: How Knowledge Management Is Changing the Way We Do Business. Now, we’ve added another sneak peak from the book to APQC’s Knowledge Base—and this one is only available to APQC members.