1. BPIR Best Practice Newsletter: Sept 2014

    September 1, 2014 by BPIR.com Limited
    BPIR Best Practice Newsletter
    September – 2014
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    Hi,
    Welcome to September’s edition of the BPIR Newsletter. sharing with you best practices, improvement tools, and events.

    Best Practice Events

    Benchmarking for Excellence, Abu Dhabi 24 – 25 Sept., Singapore 29 – 30 Sept., Tehran 8 – 9 Oct., Dubai 20 – 21 Oct., Kuala Lumpur 22 – 23 Oct. Organiser: Center for Organisational Excellence Research (COER).

    1st International Conference on Quality Engineering and Management, 15 – 16 Sept., Organiser: University of Minho, Portugal.

    Share Best Practice Conference, Dubai – UAE 17 – 19 Sept. Organiser: Dubai Quality Group (DQG).

    Government Performance and Benchmarking Summit, Abu Dhabi 21 – 25 Sept., Organiser: IQPC

    1st International Conference on Benchmarking, Tehran – Iran 11 – 12 Oct., Organiser: Iran’s Benchmarking Network (IRBN).

    Qualcon 2014: Discovering Quality, Adelaide – Australia 19 Oct. Organiser: Australian Organisation for Quality (AOQ).

    6th Business Excellence Global Conference, Singapore 29 – 30 Oct., Organiser: SPRING Singapore

    2014 Performance Excellence Summit, Ontario – Canada 30 Oct. Organiser: Excellence Canada.

    Toyota Production System (TPS) Dojo, Singapore 30 Oct., Organiser: Singapore Productivity Association (SPA).

    3rd International Best practice Competition, Abu Dhabi – UAE 25 Nov. Organiser: Center for Organisational Excellence Research (COER).

    3rd Global Benchmarking Award, Orlando – U.S. 3 – 4 Dec. Organiser: Global Benchmarking Network (GBN).

    ** Also see BPIR Events Calendar **


    3rd International Best practice Competition – 2nd call for entries

    After two successful years of the International Best practice Competition, the details of the next competition has just been announced. The 3rd International Best Practice Competition will be held on the 25th of November 2014 at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce.Entries are expected from all around the world… the winner in 2013 was the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (Singapore) and 2012, Curtin University (Australia).The Best Practice Competition encourages organizations to share their best operational and managerial practices, processes, systems, and initiatives and learn from the experience of others. It provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams that have been responsible for creating and/or managing the introduction and deployment of best practices.

    Have a think about what your organization does well, and submit your entry by 29 September. If successful you will be asked to share your best practice in an 8 minute presentation. Winners will receive widespread media coverage.

    From the feedback of previous years we are expecting much more participation this year, which makes this event a great learning experience.

    For more information about the competition visit the competition website BestPracticeCompetition.com


    3rd Global Benchmarking Award – 2nd call for entries

    Benchmarking is defined as: the search for industry best practices that lead to superior performance. Benchmarking is not just about finding a best practice by some means, the methodology of benchmarking (or approach, strategy, framework or whatever called) plays crucial role in defining the end results, i.e. the best practice which leads to superior performance.For an organisations that wants to achieve “industry best practice” it should consider using a Formal Benchmarking approach using a benchmarking methodology (such as the TRADE methodology) combined with the use of Informal Benchmarking which can involve more people in the change process but is less rigorous.The Global Benchmarking Network (GBN) launched the Global Benchmarking Award in 2012 with the winner being Watson Real Estate (New Zealand). In 2013 the winner was the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (United Arab Emirates). For videos on these award winning organisations go to GlobalBenchmarkingAward.com.

    The 3rd Global Benchmarking Award will be held at the 9th International Benchmarking Conference, 3/4 December 2014, Orlando, Florida.

    The closing date for entries is the 29th of September 2014, for more information about the award visit the official award website.

     


    BPIR News
    • Excellence in Education – Strategic Planning – Learn about how the Strategic Planning impacts learning and involves all stakeholders in Pewaukee School District. ….read more
    • A New Model for Excellence in South Africa– An interview with Ed van den Heever, the developer of the new South African Excellence Model (SAEMXIII,). ….read more
    • Governance – Aspiring to Greatness – Boards that aspire to greatness establish a culture of integrity, built on a strong ethical foundation and are rigorous in their endeavour to add value. ….read more
    • EFQM Award 2014 – This year’s Nominees for the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) award. ….read more
    • Best Practice Report: Occupational Safety – Read about best practices of Occupational Safety. ….read more
    • Anti-Corruption Training Module and New Zealand’s ranking – A free on-line Anti-Corruption Training Module recommended fororganisations and companies engaged in overseas trade to reduce their business risks. ….read more

    BPIR service of the Month – Expert Opinion

    What you can do here? This growing collection stems, partly, from our monthly request specific Research services and represents valuable learning on a broad and growing range of subjects all of which are relevant to the implementation of particular tools, techniques, or approaches to management or improvement.Articles and reports are hand-picked to help ensure that valuable insights and learning can be transferred.Click here to see a video clip on how to do it.


    Featured Publications
    BPIR provides full access to over 790 excellent business publications providing, in total, over 1,000,000 articles and reports. The cost of subscribing to any of these would cover your BPIR membership while allowing you to read, search, and print from 790 top publications!
    Here are a few of the titles from the “Health / Hospitals / Medicine” category (one of 23 categories):
    See the full list of titles

    – Hospitals & Health Networks
    – Managed Healthcare Executive
    – Healthcare Financial Management
    – Journal of Healthcare Management
    – American Journal of Law and Medicine
    – Frontiers of Health Services Management

     


    Featured Case Study: Social Networking campaign used to generate website visits

    Best practice case studies are an important benefit that BPIR.com offers members. Our unique BPIR case studies are formatted as succinct 150 word outlines that have been crafted from more detailed reports. Members can access the original articles as desired because they are all linked to the case studies. Read the following sample case study:



    Social Networking campaign used to generate website visits
    To leverage the social networking aspect of Facebook, Target Corporation, a US discount retailing company, encouraged its customers to join and participate in an online environment deliberately devoid of any apparent self-serving sales pitches. On their own, thousands of members generated significant buzz with regular posts, which in turn motivated numerous others to join and participate on the networking site. A Face-book application called “Circle of Moms” – which let mothers post messages, arrange carpools, set up back-to-school checklists and click through to promotions on the Target site. Target tracked the success of its social media campaign by monitoring membership sign-ups and the campiagn generated more than 20,000 visitors in six weeks. …..….read more case studies

    Remember to

    Regularly check out the bpir.com for benchmarks, best practices and business excellence. We know you will find valuable knowledge and we always welcome your feedback, so if you have time, please email any comments about our services to feedback@bpir.com.
    If you are currently not a member of the BPIR, or wish to upgrade your membership then please review our membership offerings atJOIN NOW. you won’t be disappointed.

    Regards,Neil Crawford
    ——————
    General Manager
    BPIR.com Ltd
    Business Performance Improvement Resource (BPIR)
    Centre for Organisational Excellence Research (COER)
    neil@bpir.com
    ———————————————————————————-
    “To know the road ahead, ask those coming back” – Chinese Proverb

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  2. BPIR Best Practice Newsletter: August 2014

    August 20, 2014 by BPIR.com Limited
    BPIR Best Practice Newsletter
    August – 2014
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    Hi,
    Welcome to August’s edition of the BPIR Newsletter. sharing with you best practices, improvement tools, and events.

    Best Practice Events
    Benchmarking for Excellence, Abu Dhabi 24 – 25 Sept., Singapore 29 – 30 Sept., Tehran 8 – 9 Oct., Dubai 20 – 21 Oct., Kuala Lumpur 22 – 23 Oct. Organiser: Center for Organisational Excellence Research (COER).17th Quality Management and Organizational Development, Prague – Czech 3 – 5 Sept. Organiser: Lund University, Linkoping University, and University of Economics.

    1st International Conference on Quality Engineering and Management, 15-16 Sept., Organiser: University of Minho, Portugal.

    Share Best Practice Conference, Dubai – UAE 17 – 19 Sept. Organiser: Dubai Quality Group.

    Government Performance and Benchmarking Summit, Abu Dhabi 21 – 25 Sept., Organiser: IQPC

    1st International Conference on Benchmarking, Tehran – Iran 11 – 12 Oct., Organiser: Iran’s Benchmarking Network (IRBN).

    Qualcon 2014: Discovering Quality, Adelaide – Australia 19 Oct. Organiser: Australian Organisation for Quality.

    3rd International Best practice Competition, Abu Dhabi – UAE 25 Nov. Organiser: Center for Organisational Excellence Research (COER).

    3rd Global Benchmarking Award, Orlando – U.S. 3 – 4 Dec. Organiser: Global Benchmarking Network (GBN).

    ** Also see BPIR Events Calendar **


    Best Practice Report: Green Supply Chain Management

    It is important for organisations to consider moving towards Green Supply Chain Management (GrSCM). It is not a fad: it is becoming a necessity. Implementing GrSCM best practices has the potential to provide financial benefits (such as increased revenue, reduced costs, improved asset utilisation, and enhanced customer service); environmental benefits (such as reduced waste, increased energy efficiencies, reduced air and water emissions, and reduced fuel consumption); and social benefits (such as reduced community impacts, minimised traffic congestion through improved transportation management, and better health and safety). It can also enhance a company’s brand and reputation. ….read more


    Learning informally to improve work practices survey
    A current PhD project in the Centre for Organizational Excellence Research at Massey University needs your help. The project is about learning to improve work practices by learning informally from others.The purpose of the survey is to understand how organizations around the world informally learn (apart from formal training or courses) better practices and implement or adapt them to increase the effectiveness of their own organization.

    If you have an interest in seeking an alternative cost-effective way of business improvement, this survey is for you. The results of the survey will be emailed to you and certainly be of benefit to you as well. In addition, you will receive one month of access to BPIR.com absolutely free upon completion of this survey!

    Your responses will be kept completely confidential and your name will not be reported in any of our results. You should be able to complete the survey within 30 minutes or less.

    The survey will be open until 30 August 2014.

    Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/InformalLearnPractice2014

     


    BPIR service of the Month – Strategies, Tools, and Techniques
    Do you know that there are more than 1170 strategies, tools, and techniques available in BPIR.com?Choose a strategy, tool, technique, or approach that will improve your organisation’s performance. There are more than 1170 to select from that can help in a multitude of ways, whether it’s decision making, leadership of teams, data analysis, employee motivation, measurement, managing people, product design, partnering, planning, training, communication change management, innovation, or aligning projects there’s likely to be something here to suit your needs.

    Click here to see a video clip on how to do it.


    Featured Publications
    BPIR provides full access to over 790 excellent business publications providing, in total, over 1,000,000 articles and reports. The cost of subscribing to any of these would cover your BPIR membership while allowing you to read, search, and print from 790 top publications!
    Here are a few of the titles from the “Marketing And Purchasing” category (one of 23 categories):
    See the full list of titles

    – Agency Sales
    – Target Marketing
    – Credit Management
    – Medical Marketing and Media
    – LIMRA’s MarketFacts Quarterly
    – Academy of Marketing Studies Journal

     


    Featured Case Study: Collaboration software helps protect knowledge
    Best practice case studies are an important benefit that BPIR.com offers members. Our unique BPIR case studies are formatted as succinct 150 word outlines that have been crafted from more detailed reports. Members can access the original articles as desired because they are all linked to the case studies. Read the following sample case study:



    Collaboration software helps protect knowledge
    Knowledge is perhaps one of the most important assets that an organization possesses. Rather than attempting to capture and collate all of the information held by an organisation, collaboration tools have been developed that enable personnel to both interact with one another and to locate specific knowledge of interest. The Shaw Group needed to protect the knowledge held by its engineers and therefore turned to a proprietary web-based tool which provided access to more than 21,000 reference works that engineers could use to search for relevant data. The engineers were also able to use the system for sharing information locally and to collaborate with employees working in different geographic regions. The system ensured that everyone had access to the same information, and it enabled users to create their own personal knowledge management systems which could be saved for future reference both by themselves and by their colleagues.. …..….read more case studies

    Remember to

    Regularly check out the bpir.com for benchmarks, best practices and business excellence. We know you will find valuable knowledge and we always welcome your feedback, so if you have time, please email any comments about our services to feedback@bpir.com.
    If you are currently not a member of the BPIR, or wish to upgrade your membership then please review our membership offerings atJOIN NOW. you won’t be disappointed.

    Regards,Neil Crawford
    ——————
    General Manager
    BPIR.com Ltd
    Business Performance Improvement Resource (BPIR)
    Centre for Organisational Excellence Research (COER)
    neil@bpir.com
    ———————————————————————————-
    “To know the road ahead, ask those coming back” – Chinese Proverb

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  3. BPIR Best Practice Newsletter: July 2014

    July 17, 2014 by BPIR.com Limited
    BPIR Best Practice Newsletter
    July – 2014
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    Hi,
    Welcome to July’s edition of the BPIR Newsletter. sharing with you best practices, improvement tools, and events.

    Best Practice Events
    Asia Network Quality Conference 2014, Singapore 5 Aug. Organiser: Asian Network for Quality, Singapore Quality Institute.

    Benchmarking for Excellence, Wellington – New Zealand 12 – 13 Aug., Abu Dhabi 24 – 25, Singapore 29 – 30 Sept., Tehran – Iran, Oct 13 – 14. Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia, Oct 22 – 23. Organiser: Center for Organisational Excellence Research (COER).

    Certificate in Business Excellence, Auckland – New Zealand,  4 Sept., Organiser: New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation

    17th Quality Management and Organizational Development, Prague – Czech, 3 – 5 Sept. Organiser: Lund University, Linkoping University, and University of Economics.

    EFQM Assessor Training, Dubai – UAE, 20 – 22 Sept. Organiser: Dubai Quality Group.

    Government Performance and Benchmarking Summit,  Abu Dhabi – UAE, 21 – 25 Sept. Organiser: IQPC

    1st International Conference on Benchmarking, Tehran – Iran 11 – 12 Oct. Organiser: Iran’s Benchmarking Network (IRBN)

    Qualcon 2014: Discovering Quality, Adelaide – Australia, 19 Oct. Organiser: Australian Organisation for Quality.

    3rd International Best Practice Competition, Abu Dhabi – UAE, 25 Nov. Organiser: Center for Organisational Excellence Research (COER).

    2014 Performance Excellence Summit, Toronto – Canada, 30 Oct., Organiser: Excellence Canada

    3rd Global Benchmarking Award, Orlando – U.S., 3 – 4 Dec. Organiser: Global Benchmarking Network (GBN).

    ** Also see BPIR Events Calendar **


    3rd International Best practice Competition – Entries are now open
    The 3rd International Best Practice Competition will be held on the 25th of November 2014 at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, United Arab Emirates.

    The winner in 2013 was the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (Singapore) and 2012, Curtin University (Australia).

    The Best Practice Competition encourages organizations to share their best operational and managerial practices, processes, systems, and initiatives and learn from the experience of others. It provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams that have been responsible for creating and/or managing the introduction and deployment of best practices.

    Have a think about what your organization does well, and submit your entry by 18 August 2014. If successful you will be asked to share your best practice in an 8 minute presentation. Winners will receive widespread media coverage.

    The Competition offers a unique opportunity to learn best practices from organisations from around the world! 

    For information visit www.bestpracticecompetition.com.


    3rd Global Benchmarking Award – Entries are now open
    The 3rd Global Benchmarking Award will be held at the 9th International Benchmarking Conference, 3/4 December 2014, Orlando, Florida.

    The Global Benchmarking Network (GBN) launched the Global Benchmarking Award in 2012 with the winner being Watson Real Estate (New Zealand). In 2013 the winner was the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (United Arab Emirates).

    The Global Benchmarking Award encourages organisations to share how benchmarking (comparing and learning from others) is an integral part of their improvement and innovation drive.

    Entering the award is easy. It requires a short written application of the organisation’s benchmarking approach followed by an 8 minute presentation at the GBN’s 9 International Benchmarking Conference.  

    The closing date for entries is the 18th of August 2014, for more information about the
    award visit www.globalbenchmarkingaward.com.


    Global Benchmarking Network study mission on Innovation
    The Global Benchmarking Network (GBN) is excited about launching its 1st GBN Study Mission to learn best practices from innovative organisations in Australia from 6-10 October, 2014. This Study Mission promises to encapsulate every dimension that best practice benchmarking represents whilst offering excellent learning, networking and cultural opportunities in a “total experience” that should not be missed.

    What are the benefits and how do I get to know more about this Study Mission?

    Click here for more information and click ‘expression of interest‘  to ‘SUBMIT’ your expression of interest with NO obligation. Important: When completing the form please indicate that it was COER or BPIR.com that first made you aware of the Study Mission.


    Informal Benchmarking and Re-Imagination Leadership researches
    Participate in our Informal Benchmarking and Re-Imagination Leadership research and complete the respective surveys and receive the findings.


    BPIR service of the Month – Competitor Analysis
    Do you know that there are more than 2400 Competitor Analysis available in BPIR.com?

    Fine out how your competitors or world industry leaders have been performing. Identify particular organisation by name, industry, country, or employee base and read from the publications we have available about what has worked for them and how they have performed.

    Click here to see a video clip on how to do it.


    Featured Publications
    BPIR provides full access to over 790 excellent business publications providing, in total, over 1,000,000 articles and reports. The cost of subscribing to any of these would cover your BPIR membership while allowing you to read, search, and print from 790 top publications!
    Here are a few of the titles from the "Management" category (one of 23 categories):
    See the full list of titles

    – Director
    – Chief Executive
    – Communication World
    – Financial Executive
    – Emergence : Complexity and Organization
    – Academy of Strategic Management Journal


    Featured Case Study: Strategic Partnering
    Best practice case studies are an important benefit that BPIR.com offers members. Our unique BPIR case studies are formatted as succinct 150 word outlines that have been crafted from more detailed reports. Members can access the original articles as desired because they are all linked to the case studies.  Read the following sample case study:



    Ocean Spray
    To reduce transportation costs, delivery distances and CO2 emissions, Ocean Spray, a US growers cooperative, partnered with a competitor, Tropicana, to supply its markets in the Northeast US, Tropicana shipped orange juice by train from Florida to New Jersey and Tropicana was paying to send them back empty. One of Tropicana’s logistics suppliers realised that it and Ocean Spray, a cranberry juice maker based in Massachusetts who had a distribution centre in Florida to meet growing demands for its products in the southern US, could partner to fill the empty trains. The logistics supplier offered to set up a road-and-rail line for Ocean Spray that included a competitive price for Tropicana’s empty boxcars. After initial concerns about partnering closely with a chief competitor, the collaboration went ahead, and Ocean Spray cut its transportation costs by more than 40% and its greenhouse gas emissions by 65%.   …..….read more case studies

    Featured Survey Study: Lean manufacturing companies achieve better strategic consistency
    A questionnaire-based mailed survey, sent to 500 manufacturing firms in the US, received 84 usable responses (33 from respondents in organisations that practised LM principles and 51 from respondents in conventional organisations). The results revealed that LM companies were more consistent than conventional companies in
    a) setting long term balanced goals and objectives;
    b) in recognising external environmental factors;
    c) building their core competencies to effectively deal with external environmental factors;
    d) aligning their competitive priorities with their goals and objectives;
    e) aligning their competitive capabilities with their competitive priorities;
    e) aligning their manufacturing objectives with their competitive priorities;
    f) placing a higher emphasis on fundamental organizational and human development manufacturing objectives;
    g) using a broad range of balanced performance measures that are aligned with organisational strategy.    ….read more survey studies

    Remember to

    Regularly check out the bpir.com for benchmarks, best practices and business excellence. We know you will find valuable knowledge and we always welcome your feedback, so if you have time, please email any comments about our services to feedback@bpir.com.
    If you are currently not a member of the BPIR, or wish to upgrade your membership then please review our membership offerings atJOIN NOW. you won’t be disappointed.

    Regards,

    Neil Crawford
    ——————
    General Manager
    BPIR.com Ltd
    Business Performance Improvement Resource (BPIR)
    Centre for Organisational Excellence Research (COER)
    neil@bpir.com
    ———————————————————————————-
    "To know the road ahead, ask those coming back" – Chinese Proverb

    Note: this newsletter has been sent to you because you have subscribed to it or to the BPIR.com or one of its partner resources or we believe you wish to be on the list for other reasons. Should you wish to unsubscribe please click here or email contacts@bpir.com.


  4. BPIR Best Practice Newsletter: June 2014

    June 16, 2014 by BPIR.com Limited
    BPIR Best Practice Newsletter

    June- 2014

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    Hi,

    Welcome to June’s edition of the BPIR Newsletter. sharing with you best practices, improvement tools, and events.


    Best Practice Events

    International Exposition on Team Excellence, Singapore 25 – 27 Jun. Organiser: Singapore Productivity Association.

    Performance Measurement Association conference, Aarhus – Denmark 25 Jun. Organiser: Aarhus University.

    Asia Network Quality Conference 2014, Singapore 5 Aug. Organiser: Asian Network for Quality, Singapore Quality Institute.

    Benchmarking for Excellence, Wellington – New Zealand 12 – 13 Aug., Singapore 29 – 30 Sept., Organiser: Center for Organisational Excellence Research (COER).

    17th Quality Management and Organizational Development, Prague – Czech 3 – 5 Sept. Organiser: Lund University, Linkoping University, and University of Economics.

    Qualcon 2014: Discovering Quality, Adelaide – Australia 19 Oct. Organiser: Australian Organisation for Quality.

    3rd International Best practice Competition, Abu Dhabi – UAE 25 Nov. Organiser: Center for Organisational Excellence Research (COER).

    3rd Global Benchmarking Award, Orlando – U.S. 3 – 4 Dec. Organiser: Global Benchmarking Network (GBN).

    ** Also see BPIR Events Calendar **


    Best Practice Report: Lean Thinking
    When applied, lean thinking reduces costs and facilitates the delivery of consistently high-quality products and services. Lean tools have been developed that can be easily understood and readily embraced by all personnel within an organisation. The implementation of lean thinking by organisations is intended to produce a complete-and lasting-cultural change. It has been shown that employees from lean organisations tend to be characterised by higher levels of cognitive readiness for change and accountability, as well as resourcefulness and confidence. They also tend to be more satisfied with their organisations, management, and jobs.

    Featured Publications

    BPIR provides full access to over 790 excellent business publications providing, in total, over 1,000,000 articles and reports? The cost of subscribing to any of these would cover your BPIR membership while allowing you to read, search, and print from 790 top publications!Here are a few of the titles from the “Labor And Industrial Relations” category (one of 23 categories):

    See the full list of titles

    -EBRI Issue Brief

    -Management Services

    -Monthly Labor Review

    -Relations Industrielles

    -International Labour Review

    -Occupational Outlook Quarterly



    Featured Case Study: Sustainable Business – sustainability as a business model

    Best practice case studies are an important benefit that BPIR.com offers members. Our unique BPIR case studies are formatted assuccinct 150 word outlines that have been crafted from more detailed reports. Members can access the original articles as desired because they are all linked to the case studies. Read the following sample case study:


    Sustainable Business – sustainability as a business model

    To become a wood fiber innovator Domtar, a Canadian headquartered paper products company, adopted Sustainability as its business model. Domtar set up a corporate sustainability committee with the chair rotated among top managers, and adopted a measurement approach designed to avoid sub-optimising the system. An extensive system of measures was implemented to track sustainability performance and signed on to by each facility. One example, Dashboards tracked 35 key sustainability performance indicators (KPIs). Management teams in each facility developed their own unique sustainability agendas to meet company goals. Domtar’s sustainable fibre innovation was seen by the US government as an example of advanced manufacturing and gave the company a powerful edge in attracting younger science and technology-savvy professionals.


    3rd International Best practice Competition – Entries are now open

    After two successful years of the International Best practice Competition, the details of the next competition has just been announced. The 3rd International Best Practice Competition will be held on the 25th of November 2014 at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce.Entries are expected from all around the world… the winner in 2013 was the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (Singapore) and 2012, Curtin University (Australia).

    The Best Practice Competition encourages organizations to share their best operational and managerial practices, processes, systems, and initiatives and learn from the experience of others. It provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams that have been responsible for creating and/or managing the introduction and deployment of best practices.

    Have a think about what your organization does well, and submit your entry by 18 August. If successful you will be asked to share your best practice in an 8 minute presentation. Winners will receive widespread media coverage.

    From the feedback of previous years we are expecting much more participation this year, which makes this event a great learning experience.

    For more information about the competition visit the competition website BestPracticeCompetition.com


    3rd Global Benchmarking Award – Entries are now open

    Benchmarking is defined as: the search for industry best practices that lead to superior performance. Benchmarking is not just about finding a best practice by some means, the methodology of benchmarking (or approach, strategy, framework or whatever called) plays crucial role in defining the end results, i.e. the best practice which leads to superior performance.For an organisations that wants to achieve “industry best practice” it should consider using a Formal Benchmarking approach using a benchmarking methodology (such as the TRADE methodology) combined with the use of Informal Benchmarking which can involve more people in the change process but is less rigorous.

    The Global Benchmarking Network (GBN) launched the Global Benchmarking Award in 2012 with the winner being Watson Real Estate (New Zealand). In 2013 the winner was the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (United Arab Emirates). For videos on these award winning organisations go to GlobalBenchmarkingAward.com.

    The 3rd Global Benchmarking Award will be held at the 9th International Benchmarking Conference, 3/4 December 2014, Orlando, Florida.

    The closing date for entries is the 18th of August 2014, for more information about the award visit the official award website.


    Learning informally to improve work practices survey

    A current PhD project in the Centre for Organizational Excellence Research at Massey University needs your help. The project is about learning to improve work practices by learning informally from others.The purpose of the survey is to understand how organizations around the world informally learn (apart from formal training or courses) better practices and implement or adapt them to increase the effectiveness of their own organization.

    If you have an interest in seeking an alternative cost-effective way of business improvement, this survey is for you. The results of the survey will be emailed to you and certainly be of benefit to you as well. In addition, you will receive one month of access to BPIR.com absolutely free upon completion of this survey!

    Your responses will be kept completely confidential and your name will not be reported in any of our results. You should be able to complete the survey within 30 minutes or less.

    The survey will be open for two weeks from 9th – 23rd Jun 2014.

    Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/InformalLearnPractice2014


    The leadership re-imagination initiative global survey

    The LEREPA is a survey instrument designed to measure qualities of a re-imaginative leader.The findings of this global survey will enable the Caribbean Leadership Re-Imagination Initiative, and its research partners (BPIR.com, Organizational Excellence Technical Committee, Global Benchmarking Network) to provide a global measure of re-imaginative leadership and contribute to the shaping of a discussion on what leadership in the future might or should look like.

    To participate in this inaugural research, that will establish a baseline on the current state of leadership around the globe, please visit following link

    The survey should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete and the deadline for completion is July 10, 2014. Once the survey results have been analyzed, the findings will be shared on www.bpir.com. Respondents that have questions about the survey are invited to contact the author directly. Dr. Canute Thompson can be emailed at canutethompson1@gmail.com


    Remember to: Regularly check out the bpir.com for benchmarks, best practices and business excellence. We know you will find valuable knowledge and we always welcome your feedback, so if you have time, please email any comments about our services to feedback@bpir.com. If you are currently not a member of the BPIR, or wish to upgrade your membership then please review our membership offerings at JOIN NOW. you won’t be disappointed.

    Regards,

    Neil Crawford

    ——————

    General Manager

    BPIR.com Ltd

    Business Performance Improvement Resource (BPIR)

    Centre for Organisational Excellence Research (COER)

    neil@bpir.com

    ———————————————————————————-

    “To know the road ahead, ask those coming back” – Chinese Proverb

     

    Note:
    this newsletter has been sent to you because you have subscribed to it or to the BPIR.com or one of its partner resources or we believe you wish to be on the list for other reasons. Should you wish to unsubscribe please click here or email contacts@bpir.com.

  5. BPIR Best Practice Newsletter: May 2014

    May 22, 2014 by BPIR.com Limited
    BPIR Best Practice Newsletter
    May- 2014
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    Hi, Welcome to May’s edition of the BPIR Newsletter. sharing with you best practices, improvement tools, and events.

    Best Practice Events

    EOQ Congress, Gothenburg – Sweden 10 Jun. Organiser: European Organisation for Quality, Business Excellence Sweden.International Exposition on Team Excellence, Singapore 25 – 27 Jun. Organiser: Singapore Productivity Association.Performance Measurement Association conference, Aarhus – Denmark Zealand 25 Jun. Organiser: Aarhus University.Asia Network Quality Conference 2014, Singapore 5 Aug. Organiser: Asian Network for Quality, Singapore Quality Institute.

    Benchmarking for Excellence, Wellington – New Zealand 12 – 13 Aug. Organiser: Center for Organisational Excellence Research (COER).

    17th Quality Management and Organizational Development, Prague – Czech 3 – 5 Sept. Organiser: Lund University, Linkoping University, and University of Economics.

    Qualcon 2014: Discovering Quality, Adelaide – Australia 19 Oct. Organiser: Australian Organisation for Quality.

    ** Also see BPIR Events Calendar **


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    Featured Case Study: Lean thinking handbook facilitates success

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    Lean thinking handbook facilitates success

    The motto of the University of St Andrews’ is “ever to be the best”, and this links perfectly with the goal of Lean thinking. The lean team challenged the University to become the best that it could be. They were dedicated to eliminating non value adding activity so that the University could focus its energies on Teaching and Research. The lean team acting as the University’s change management consultancy led staff to create a culture of continuous improvement and respect for people. A number of improvements were made which led to significant savings in costs, labour, and materials. By the end of the fourth year of the lean implementation the University had released the annual equivalent of 24.63 full time equivalent staff. To facilitate this lean implementation a pocket guide to becoming lean was published by the University.

    Spotlight on Events – 26th Qimpro Convention Deadline 31-May for project registration

    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 Conventionand vie for supremacy against our loyal participants: Titan, Aditya Birla Group, Godrej & Boyce, Vedanta Group, Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, YES Bank, Max Life, ICICI Prudential, and several more.For the first time the Qimpro Covention is open to organisations from not just India but all around the world! Please consider entering!! BPIR.com is supporting Qimpro in this endeavor!Based on our historic record of 25 years, this year we expect 150 project entries in the three QualTech Prize categories, equally divided between manufacturing and services along with international participants for the first time.

    This year the event will serve as the finals for three parallel competitions:

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    The leadership re-imagination initiative global survey

    The LEREPA is a survey instrument designed to measure qualities of a re-imaginative leader.The findings of this global survey will enable the Caribbean Leadership Re-Imagination Initiative, and its research partners (BPIR.com, Organizational Excellence Technical Committee, Global Benchmarking Network) to provide a global measure of re-imaginative leadership and contribute to the shaping of a discussion on what leadership in the future might or should look like.To participate in this inaugural research, that will establish a baseline on the current state of leadership around the globe, please visit following link

    The survey should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete and the deadline for completion is June 30, 2014. Once the survey results have been analyzed, the findings will be shared on www.bpir.com. Respondents that have questions about the survey are invited to contact the author directly. Dr. Canute Thompson can be emailed at canutethompson1@gmail.com


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