BPIR Best Practice Newsletter
July – 2014
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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

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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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