Global Benchmarking Network’s Newsletter – 13th International Benchmarking Conference

The Global Benchmarking Network exists to promote and support benchmarking and best practice sharing worldwide for the betterment of society. The Global Benchmarking Network’s newsletter, 30th Edition, features a variety of benchmarking articles, such as: 2nd World Innovation & Benchmarking Summit, 8th International Best Practice Competition, Sustainability Benchmarking as Fraunhofer IPK, Our Global STEM Education Dashboard, 10 Benchmarking Case Studies Published, In Memory of Professor Mohamed Zairi.

Application Now Open: The Zairi International Award for Excellence in Higher Education

The Zairi International Awards for Excellence in Higher Education 2022 inaugural edition are open now for entries to higher education institutions from across the globe. The Awards is an annual competition honouring excellence and innovation in higher education in specific areas pertinent to digital transformation, research, service to the community, etc. The Awards are managed and assessed by a team of renowned international experts that serve on its Executive Committee, Assessment Committee and Jury.

The Passing of Professor Mohamed Zairi – A Leader in Benchmarking and Excellence

The last two years has caused unprecedented turmoil and sadness for many families. Over five million people have died due to Covid, and many more millions have had their health compromised or their livelihoods jeopardised. A huge loss for the benchmarking community has been the passing of Professor Mohamed Zairi after a spirited fight against Covid. Mohamed died aged 65 in October 2021. Mohamed has been a thought leader in the quality profession for over 35 years. His strength has been to have a broad-based view of quality and a deep understanding of current business trends and challenges from which he can prescribe relevant and often innovative quality-based solutions.

A Happy New Year from the Global Benchmarking Network & Invitation to Participate in the Global Benchmarking Award 2022

Watch Global Benchmarking Network (GBN) members from around the world share their happy new year wishes and best practices tips to the community. The GBN promotes Benchmarking through different initiatives, such as funding research studies, organising international conferences, and the Global Benchmarking Award. The award encourages organisations to share how benchmarking (comparing and learning from others) is an integral part of their improvement and innovation drive.

Publication of the 3rd Cycle of Dubai We Learn Book – 10 Benchmarking Case Studies

The book Achieving Performance Excellence Through Benchmarking and Organisational Learning is a joint publication by the Dubai Government Excellence Program and the Centre for Organisational Excellence Research (COER). The book describes 10 TRADE Best Practice Benchmarking projects that were undertaken as part of DGEP’s 3rd Cycle of Dubai We Learn.

Training Course: 12 Days to Deming

The New Zealand Organisation for Quality (NZOQ) is delighted to introduce and offer you the active-learning course 12 Days to Deming. This material is ideal for both interested newcomers and for those who already have some background knowledge of what Dr. Deming taught and are keen to learn more. This free download has been developed and generously provided by Dr. Henry Neave.

Best Practice Report: Cybersecurity Management

Over the past decade, the risk and severity of cyberattacks have steadily grown. The world has seen devastating cases of cybercrimes, including unprecedented breaches of data, microchip flaws and cryptojacking, which is an emerging online threat in which criminals “mine” for cryptocurrencies using the victim’s own computer.

These attacks have left hundreds of millions of users vulnerable to hackers, who gain access to credit cards, bank account numbers and passwords.

After years of heavy investment and disappointing results, it is high time for business and security leaders to tackle the multi-faceted, insidious nature of the cybersecurity challenge collaboratively.

Vision and Mission of Award-Winning Cities, Municipalities, and Local Governments Around the World

How will your city look like 20 or 50 years from now? it would be worthwhile understanding the planning processes of competent and futuristic cities. The vision and mission statements lay down the foundation for the city’s collective growth towards the future and project how the officials intend to design exceptional communities.

Agile May Be Fragile; Resilience Is the Goal

The Baldrige Excellence Framework has a set of 11 foundational beliefs and behaviors (core values) that underpin its systems approach to achieving organizational high performance. One of those core values is agility and resilience. While both agility and resilience are important, many of us conflate these two concepts. I believe understanding their differences and complementarity will help organizations consider all aspects of preparing for uncertain futures.

Two Saturdays I Will Never Forget

Every few years, in my dreams, I relive an incident from my first real job. At age 14, I was eligible for a work permit in 1960’s New York City. I obtained my permit and got a Saturday job working at the largest (five floors) hobby store in the city. It was located in one of the posh downtown shopping areas and had, among other things, a functioning model railroad display that had every possible bell and whistle (literally) and occupied a significant part of the model railroading floor of the building.

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