1. Journal of Inspiration Economy 1st Issue

    September 2, 2014 by

    Dear Friends,

    I am happy to inform you that after months of effort we have released the first Journal that focuses on Inspirational and Economy Transformation Practices called Journal of Inspiration Economy (JIE).

    This journal is supported by more than 20 experts from all over the world and its main goal is create change in our societies through multi-disciplinary approaches to create better harmony and resilience based practices and research.

    I hope you enjoy the first issue of this journal and look forward to your contribution in future.

    Papers in the first issue are on the following topics:

    • Inspiration Economy: A New Journal Faïz Gallouj
    • Why Inspiration Matters? Mohamed Buheji, Zahraa Saif, Haitham Jahrami
    • Double-loop Learning across Healthcare and Teaching Professions, Pauline Joyce, Paula Kinnarney
    • Enhancement of Project Management to Support and Drive Transformational eGovernment, Shauneen Furlong
    • Insights into Informal Benchmarking Alan Samuel, Nigel P. Grigg, Robin Mann
    • A comparative study of higher education institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) and their marketing approaches to student recruitment from China, Said Al-Hasan, Brychan Thomas, Nina Maria Mülders,and Denis Melle
    • How SMEs Can Manage Their Networks – Lessons Learnt from Communication in Animal Swarms, Katri Valkokari, Pasi Valkokari
    • Bahrain Governance Framework: Towards Efficient Use of IT

    I encourage you to go through the articles / papers of this journal and share it with friends all over the world.

    The JIE Editorial board, lead by Prof. Faiz Gallouj are committed to spreading the concept of Inspiration and look forward to have you part of our readers, authors, reviewers and even editing team.

    Please feel free to visit the journal on: http://journals.uob.edu.bh/jie ,

    Dr. Mohamed Buheji
    Excellence , Knowledge and Change Management Expert, Founding Editor – Journal of Inspiration Economy

  2. EFQM Award 2014

    August 5, 2014 by

    The EFQM Excellence Award 2014 Nominees

    This year’s Nominees are (listed in alphabetical order):

    BMW AG Werk Regensburg

    Plant Regensburg has been manufacturing vehicles for BMW AG since 1986. In 2013, 295,417 vehicles (daily production output: 1,100 units) made in Regensburg were delivered to customers all over the world. So Plant Regensburg is the third largest plant in the BMW Group production network. Products include BMW series 1, series 3 (Sedan), series 4 (convertible), M3 Sedan, M4 convertible, Z4.

    BOSCH Tecnologie Diesel e Sistemi Frenanti S.p.A.

    BarP is an operational unit of the Diesel Systems Division which is part of the Automotive Technology Business Sector of the Bosch Group. BarP produces Common Rail diesel fuel injection pumps. With nearly 1,700 associates and more than 240 million Euros sales, it is the largest Bosch entity in Italy and the biggest automotive plant in Apulia.

    Infineon Technologies Austria AG IFAT

    Infineon Technologies Austria is Infineon`s globally leading competence unit for power semiconductors. It draws on synergies in R&D expertise, manufacturing excellence and global business responsibility to drive the company`s success worldwide.

    One Vision Housing

    One Vision Housing is a Registered Provider of Social Housing with more than 11,500 homes across Sefton, Merseyside. It was formed in October 2006, following a successful stock transfer from Sefton Council and are a not for profit organisation, regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency. One Vision Housing is part of the Sovini Group which was formed in December 2011 and also includes Pine Court Housing Association, Sovini Property Services and Teroma (trade supplies).

    Pompes Grundfos SAS

    Pompes GRUNDFOS SAS France (internally designated as PGF) is one of Grundfos fifteen production companies. Established in 1972 and located in Longeville-lès-Saint-Avold in Moselle, PGF is the result of the commitment to internationalisation and development of the Group outside Denmark. The key sectors of PGF are the customisation, manufacturing and distribution of circulators and pump systems.

    REGTSA – Recaudacion y Gestion Tributaria de Salamanca

    REGTSA is an Autonomous Body attached to the Province Council (Diputación Provincial) of Salamanca (Spain), established in 1992 with the purpose of providing tax management and collection services to the municipalities in the province. It started up on 1st January 1993, with the secondment of the staff of the former Provincial Tax Collection Service.

    Siemens Motion Control, Congleton

    Siemens Congleton, based in Cheshire UK, is an operational manufacturing unit within the Drive Technologies division (DT) which is a part of the Industry sector. DT comprises several business units with 45 factories worldwide. Siemens Congleton is a contract manufacturer for the Motion Control business unit (MC) within DT, supplying over 1.2 million electrical devices, including 500,000 variable speed drives (known as Inverters), to Siemens MC and is 1 of 9 global MC manufacturing facilities.

    The Cedar Foundation

    The Cedar Foundation (Cedar) is a leading voluntary organisation in Northern Ireland focusing on inclusion for people with disabilities. Cedar is a service provider and their purpose is summarised in their Vision and Mission statements. The Vision is a society accessible to all. The Mission is to provide exceptional services that support children and adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of community life.

    Join us at the EFQM Excellence Award ceremony on the 20th of October in the Autoworld museum, Brussels. Click here for more information on the EFQM Forum and the Celebration Dinner.

  3. Global Innovation Index 2014: Switzerland, UK and Sweden lead rankings

    July 21, 2014 by

    Global Innovation Index 2014: Switzerland, UK and Sweden lead rankings


    Global Innovation Index 2014: Switzerland, UK and Sweden lead rankings with encouraging signs from Sub-Saharan Africa; Human factor powers innovation


    Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Sweden topped this year’s Global Innovation Index, while Sub-Saharan Africa posted significant regional improvement in the annual rankings published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).



    About the Global Innovation Index


    The Global Innovation Index ranks world economies’ innovation capabilities and results. This year, it analyzes the human factor in innovation, which is essential for the design of policies that help promote economic development and richer innovation-prone environments locally.

  4. The 26th Qimpro Convention – deadline 15 June

    June 1, 2014 by BPIR.com Limited

    For the first time, with the assistance of BPIR.com, Qimpro is opening up its competition for cross-functional project teams to organisations outside of India. The deadline for applications is 15 June 2014 so get your applications together asap!

    · QualTech Prize for Process Improvement

    · QualTech Prize for Process Innovation

    · QualTech Prize for Sustainability

    Each of the three Prizes will be awarded in the Manufacturing and Services categories. Apart from traditional discrete and continuous process industries, Manufacturing also includes power generation, mining, and construction. Similarly, in the case of Services, apart from BFSI, hotels, airlines, IT/ITES, retail, and communication, it also includes power distribution, and hospitals.

    In 2013, the convention attracted 92 project entries.

    In 2014, the 26th competition cycle, aims to attract many more project entries from India and neighboring countries.

    Does your company have project teams in middle management that are breaking new ground in Improvement, Innovation, and Sustainability?

    Register your team projects for the 26th Qimpro Convention and vie for supremacy against our loyal participants such as: Titan, Aditya Birla Group, Godrej & Boyce, Vedanta Group, Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, YES Bank, Max Life and ICICI Prudential.

    Come and showcase how your company is changing the game.

  5. Mindful meetings

    May 5, 2014 by

    Dr A. Pavlov and Dr J. Tobias have suggested that the way to handle work meetings is one where the members of the meeting have an ‘engaged areness’ or ‘mindfulness’ You can read their ten steps for encouraging a ‘mindful space’ below in the Management focus magazine of Cranfield University’s School of Management.