BPIR Newsletter: March 2016


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

Best Practice Events

Latest Best Practice Report: Employee Suggestion Schemes

People are the only source of creativity, innovation and improvement, so harnessing their talents is vital to an organisation’s success and growth. A well-designed suggestion scheme can save money, and improve and streamline processes. A suggestion scheme can also help improve the working environment within an organisation. It can create a platform through which employees might be given the recognition and rewards they deserve.


  • Are you too goal focused?….read more
  • Excellence across America: 25 High-Performing Organizations Honored in 2015….read more
  • Organizational Excellence frameworks – How to fail….read more
  • Bold or Bluffing?….read more
  • How to Thrive on Stress….read more
  • Dubai Municipality Leading the Way in Government Initiatives….read more

Does your organisation have best practices in one of the following 13 areas?

One key part of Dubai We Learn initiative is the undertaking of 13 benchmarking projects that are facilitated by the Centre of Organisational Excellence Research (COER), New Zealand. All 13 projects are using the TRADE Best Practice Benchmarking methodology with an expectation that most projects will be completed within a year (the projects began in October 2015). Currently most projects are starting the “Acquire best practices” stage of TRADE and searching for benchmarking partners and learning best practices.

It is for this purpose we are inviting organisations with “good” to “best practices” in these 13 areas, Click this link, to contact us to explore if there is an opportunity for mutual learning. The respective government entity will be happy to share with you its own practices and the project work it has conducted so far. We would also be pleased to share with you best practices from other Dubai We Learn participants to thank you for your assistance.

If you can help in our search for best practices, please send an email to Dr Robin Mann, Director – Centre for Organisational Excellence Research, r.s.mann@massey.ac.nz..

BPIR Tip of the Month: Best Practice Reports

Did  you know that a free best practice report  is published on the BPIR every two months?  To see how to access these reports watch this clip.

Over 50 Best Practice Reports, provide case studies and innovative ideas that will help you stay up-to-date concerning the latest international business trends and practices.

Featured Publications

BPIR provides full access to over 170 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 "Engineering" category (one of 23 categories):
– Industrial Engineer
– Manufacturing Engineering
– The UMTRI Research Review
– Equipment Leasing & Finance
– Chemical Engineering Progress
– Engineering Management Journal

Activity-based management leads to significant savings

Caterpillar’s Marketing & Product Support Division (MPSD), used activity-based management (ABM), to streamline processes, reduce costs, and save millions of dollars. ABM at Caterpillar included activity-based costing, 6 Sigma, and active modelling of improvements. A 5-step process was used to implement ABM:
1) Step 1: Value Stream Mapping and Time Tasking – each person`s work stream was combined into a value stream map.
2) Step 2: ABM Analysis-Process Costing – A cost rate for each activity to manufacture and for office support service was calculated.
3) Step 3: Active Modelling and Simulation – a 6 Sigma weighting methodology rated the importance of each activity across the KPIs. Once completed MPSD knew the value and cost of each activity.
4) Step 4: Options-based Scenario Analysis – enabled MPSD to simulate scenarios and assess savings from changing various activities prior to a final decision to implement.
5) Step 5: Cost-value Optimization Model – identified activities necessary to make the process changes, assigned resources to implement the changes, and tracked the associated savings.


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Neil Crawford
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Centre for Organisational Excellence Research (COER)
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