1. Call for Papers – World Business Capability Congress

    January 23, 2012 by
    Call for Papers

    I hope you have had a great start to the New Year and your plans and wishes for 2012 come true.
     
    Here at COER we are gearing up for an outstanding year (we are always positive!) – the highlight is expected to be the World Business Capability Congress, December 5-7, 2012, Auckland, New Zealand.  If you have not been to New Zealand before then this is an excellent opportunity to combine a world-class conference with a visit to one of the most beautiful and stunning countries on earth!!!
     
    The theme for the Congress is:  “Driving Excellence> Innovation> Productivity> Export Growth
     
    We are now “Calling for Papers” – this is your chance to speak at a major international conference and share your experience, best practices or your leading edge management research. Submit your Abstract/Bio right now
     
    This is an opportunity for
     
    a) Academics to present peer-reviewed conference papers and get them fast-tracked into leading journals (such as • Q-NewZ Magazine • TQM Journal • Measuring Business Excellence Journal • International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management • International Benchmarking Journal • International Journal of TQM and Business Excellence)
     
    b) Business employees, managers, CEOs, consultants to present and share best practices (perhaps for the first time at a major conference)
     
    This Congress is combining the International Benchmarking Conference, New Zealand Organisation for Quality Conference, and the New Zealand Business Excellence Awards.
     
    The Congress organisers are the Centre for Organsiational Excellence Research and  New Zealand Organisation for Quality with key partners the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation (New Zealand Business Excellence Awards), Asia Network for Quality, Asia Pacific Quality Organization, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, BPIR.com Limited, Economic Development Agencies New Zealand,  Global Benchmarking Network,  Institute of Management Consultants New Zealand, Ministry of Economic Development and New Zealand Institute of Management.
     
    To help to make the Congress even bigger and better we are now calling for Sponsors. If you think your organization may benefit from exposure to 1,000’s of decision makers please let me know.

    Dr. Robin Mann
    BPIR.com


  2. Design Thinking: a pathway for innovation

    January 4, 2012 by


    If you are a design engineer, process engineer or even someone just interested in understanding how to facilitate innovation in your organisation you have probably heard of the term “Design Thinking”.

    Design thinkers use a number of tools to facilitate innovation processes e.g. mind mapping, sketches, and rapid prototypes, and brainstorming to build on the ideas of customers and the design team.

    Design thinking can be broken down into the following four stages:

    1. Defining the problem
    2. Creating and considering many options
    3. Refining selected options
    4. Picking a winner and executing the solution or design
    Design thinking is used to solve complex problems as described in the clip below which explains how a design team developed two revolutionary prototype pint glasses for reducing injuries resulting from glassing attacks.

     
    Our next Best Practice Report which is programmed for publication in February 2012, will cover the subject of “Design Thinking” in detail.

    If you are not already a BPIR member this is an excellent time to consider joining and enjoy the many BPIR membership benefits.

    A 20 percent discount is available this month only when joining (offer expired).

    Ahmed Abbas
    BPIR