BPIR Best Practice Newsletter
August – 2014
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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

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

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