1. Book Release: Students Quality Circles: An innovative concept and practice for schools and colleges to develop Quality mindset in students for the corporate world and the society

    April 9, 2021 by BPIR.com Limited
    Students Quality Circles or SQCs in short, are basically miniature level activities of what the Japanese Quality Control Circles (QCCs) are in the corporate world. These activities prepare students for the Quality mindset from the very early age, thus engraving their per-sonalities with Quality.

    SQC is an innovative concept and practice used as a part of schools’ or colleges’ co-curricular activities since mid-nineties in many countries of Asian sub-continent. The objective of SQCs program is to develop and prepare students for the corporate world as well as for a quality living in the society. A research study was carried out by the authors in schools in 2020 where SQCs were practiced to find out the effectiveness of this program. The objective of this book is to explain the SQC concept, benefits and its application in schools with the help of findings of a national survey.
    The book explains the origin of this concept and the differences in the practices of QCCs in the corporate world versus SQCs in the schools. It discusses how effectively students are practicing SQCs and how effectively they are implemented and managed by schools and colleges. Critical success and failure factors of this program are identified and highlighted.

    The book provides practical guidelines to educationists and management of schools, colleges and universities who want to initiate or improve their existing program. The book identifies the strength of this unique and innovative program in building a society towards world-class quality. The authors strongly recommend this non-traditional but powerful program to be implemented in schools, colleges and universities in all countries. It is hoped that this book will benefit educational institutions in different countries to further improve Quality mindset in their societies through this program.

    You can order the paperback or kindle versions from Amazon here

    About the authers:

    Dr. Kamran Moosa is the Chief Executive of PIQC Institute of Quality, Pakistan. He is a member of International Academy for Quality and Quality in Education Think Tank (QiETT). He is the recipient of Ishikawa-Kano Silver Medal of 2020 by Asian Network for Quality (ANQ). He was the founding Chairman of Quality & Productivity Society of Pakistan and a senior member of American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is an author of four books on Quality Management.

    Abdul Wahid Mir is the Principal of Modernage Public School and College – Abbottabad and Director General of EQUIP – Pakistan, which is a non-profit organization for promoting Students Quality Circles in the country. He is an educationist and also involved in teachers training and development programs.

  2. BPIR.com Newsletter: Mar 2021

    March 16, 2021 by BPIR.com Limited






    7th International Best Practice Competition – 2nd Call for Entries

    The 7th International Best Practice Competition (incorporating the 2nd New Zealand Best Practice Competition & 3rd Organisation-Wide Innovation Award) will be held at the NZBEF’s Business Excellence Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

    This is an opportunity to participate in a global virtual event to share and learn best practices.

    To submit your Best Practice visit http://www.bestpracticecompetition.com/entry-forms where you can download an entry form. The Second Call for entries closes on 26th of March 2021. Qualifier round presentations will be held in webinar format between 27 April to 5 May 2021.

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    Featured Events

    Latest News

    • Excellence Canada Announces New Organizational Excellence Standard….read more
    • Calling all Business Excellence Award Winners and Applicants….    read more
    • South African Quality Institutes Quality Education News….    read more
    • Podcast: Total Quality Management: Is it still relevant in a digital economy?….    read more
    • Why Baldrige? Reflections of a retired New England business leader….    read more


    Helping employees find their dream jobs

    Stellar Solutions, a US provider of Aerospace engineering services, believed in helping employees find their dream jobs. This article provides insight on methods employed by the firm to make the dream-job concept a reality. Stellar Solutions was a 2017 Baldrige National Quality Award Recipient.


    Organisational Vision inspires success

    In a five-part blog series on the 2018 Baldrige Award recipients’ leadership presentations at the 31st Annual Quest for Excellence® Conference (2019), senior leaders of the five latest US national role models shared best practices and stories of how they achieved excellence. The Chief Executive Officer of Tri County Tech (TCT), a US public technology centre and 2018 Baldrige Award recipient, conveyed that the TCT mantra “When you try to be everything to everybody, you can’t be anything to anybody” was a guiding principle for organisational improvements. TCT’s vision of “inspiring Success Through Life Changing Learning Experiences” was supported by four core values: being a “great place to work,” “investing in our community,” leadership by all, and being student-focused. Several results given demonstrated how the vision and values have guided the institution’s actions were detailed.

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    This page offers a simple and alternative method of searching any of the main BPIR databases via key word(s) without having to go to the specific database pages.

  3. 7th International Best Practice Competition – 2nd call for entries

    March 9, 2021 by BPIR.com Limited


    The 7th International Best Practice Competition (incorporating the 2nd New Zealand Best Practice Competition & 3rd Organisation-Wide Innovation Award) will be held at the NZBEF’s Business Excellence Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.


    This is an opportunity to participate in a global virtual event to share and learn best practices.


    The International 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.

    To submit your Best Practice visit http://www.bestpracticecompetition.com/entry-forms where you can download an entry form. The Second Call for entries closes on 26th of March 2021. Qualifier round presentations will be held in webinar format between 27 April to 5 May 2021. Best practices will be assessed against IBPC’s Best Practice Certification Levels:

    • Deficient (Major Deficiencies) (1 to 2 Stars, ★ to ★ ★)
    • Progressing (Minor Deficiencies) (3 Stars, ★ ★ ★)
    • Competence (Professional) (4 Stars, ★ ★ ★ ★)
    • Best Practice (Excellence) (5 Stars, ★ ★ ★ ★ ★)
    • Best Practice (Outstanding) (6 Stars, ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★)
    • Best Practice (Role Model, World-Class, Wow!) (7 Stars, ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★)

    The winner of the 6th International Best Practice Competition was Jollibee Foods Corporation, Philippines with a best practice titled ‘We Listen and Learn from the VOICES of our CUSTOMERS to SPREAD Joy to the World’. The winner of the 2nd Organisation-wide Innovation Award was Dubai Customs, UAE. The winners of the 1st New Zealand Best Practice Competition were Watson Real Estate Ltd. (SME category) and Spectrum Car (Large category). For the full list of winners and their presentation videos click here.


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  4. Excellence Canada Announces New Organizational Excellence Standard

    March 6, 2021 by BPIR.com Limited

    Watch launch webinar: The Why, What, and the Why Now of the new Organizational Excellence Standard (OES)

    Excellence Canada, an independent not-for-profit corporation, announced its newest standard: the Organizational Excellence Standard (OES). Through the OES, Excellence Canada sets the bar for performance excellence and wellness in today’s dynamic work environment.

    The OES is a robust yet flexible framework that uses a data-driven assessment to find gaps and opportunities for continual improvement in all private and public sector organizations, businesses, and institutions. Through OES implementation and certification, organizations will adopt best practices for sustained excellence and peak performance.

    Excellence Canada’s OES is the exciting product of 36 years of experience, setting standards and working with thousands of organizations to successfully implement them, combined with months of research into the Future of Work and how organizations can successfully address today’s unique challenges while preparing for the future.

    Organizations have anticipated the impacts of globalization and technology on workflow and performance for over a decade. However, nothing prepared businesses for the sudden change that COVID-19 forced overnight.

    “The Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected individuals, families and organizations. As a result, Excellence Canada recognized that we needed to develop a revised and more robust framework that will help organizations deal with the new realities of the ‘Future of Work’ such as how, where and when people will work.” said Allan N. Ebedes, President & CEO of Excellence Canada. “The Organizational Excellence Standard does this. We have also increased the focus on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. We are grateful for the input and expertise of numerous partners from coast-to-coast across Canada who helped us develop the OES.”

    Excellence Canada helps organizations identify solutions customized for each workplace’s unique challenges, by adopting the Organizational Excellence Standard.

    Organizations can implement and complete the OES and certification with outcome-based recommendations for programs, measurements, consulting, training, and initiatives to improve their overall excellence. OES solutions are purposely flexible, giving organizations the tools to innovate and adapt as new challenges arise.

    The overarching goal of the OES is not only to address the challenges of 2021 but also future-proof workplaces by building a workforce culture of excellence that embraces continual improvement.

    “The biggest value in pursuing this Standard is that it takes the guesswork out of what a leading organization should be and should do, and instead, orients all staff to thinking and speaking about excellence in one common language for one common goal.” said Martin Stefanczyk, Program Manager, Corporate and Strategic Initiatives, Town of Aurora

    At a high-level, Excellence Canada focuses on the six drivers of organizational excellence: Leadership, Planning, Customers, Our People, Processes, and Partners.

    Excellence Canada’s Organizational Excellence Standard includes desired outcomes for:

    • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
    • Agility and adaptability
    • Enterprise risk management
    • Crisis management
    • Pandemic planning
    • Digital transformation
    • Financial wellness
    • Mental and Physical wellness

    The OES aligns with other Excellence Canada awards and programs, providing organizations with an opportunity for greater competitive advantage. Organizations that meet the OES criteria can apply for national recognition under the prestigious Canada Awards for Excellence Program.

  5. South African Quality Institutes Quality Education News

    March 3, 2021 by BPIR.com Limited

    South African Quality Institute (SAQI) http://www.saqi.co.za is the national body that co-ordinates the Quality effort in South Africa. Quality Education News is a quarterly publication issued by the South African Qulaity Institute (SAQI) in the intrest of promoting educational excellence, SAQI publications are excellent source of information to keep up with the latest quality issues in South Africa.

    • To set or to follow: Where has ISO been?, by Peter Fraser
    • Ubuntu, Quality and Risk Management, by by Jayet Moon and Veronica Stephens
    • Risk Management “Friend or foe”, by by Eddie de Vries
    • Food, Cosmetic & Essential oils Program Launch (FCO Program), by Jacques Snyders (SAQI MD)
    • The Evolution of Internal Audit, by Mike Smith & Norman Marks
    • Directors’ Sentiment Index Report: 5 Edition, by Glen Talbot (CA) SA and Terrance Booysen
    • Quality in Schools: Children in the time of lockdown, by Dr Richard Hayward

    Click here to download this newsletter.