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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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  • EFQM mediocrity model – 8 characteristics that distinguish an excellent performance organisation from an “average” organisation.  ….read more

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 “Commerce” category (one of 23 categories):See the full list of titles

-Business Today
-Business People
-The International Economy
-Chain Store Age
-International Trade Forum
-Grand Rapids Business Journal

Featured Case Study: Lean thinking handbook facilitates success

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:

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:

  • QualTech Prize for Process Improvement
  • QualTech Prize for Process Innovation
  • QualTech Prize for Sustainability

For more information about the convention and how to participate click here

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

Remember to

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Neil Crawford

General Manager
BPIR.com Ltd
Business Performance Improvement Resource (BPIR)
Centre for Organisational Excellence Research (COER)


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