Measuring R&D Productivity with APQC
GGI Partners with American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC).
Goldense Group Inc. (GGI) will fill the role of Subject Matter
Expert (SME) in a new consortium research and benchmarking project
initiated by APQC. In order for companies to gain and sustain
a competitive edge, they must continually invest in new and
improved products and services. The purpose of this consortium
benchmarking study is to research how leading organizations
focus, manage, and measure their R&D and Product Development
activities to provide maximum benefit to the corporation.
APQC with GGI expert support, along with consortium members,
will examine how best-practice organizations advance R&D
productivity and how they measure it. We will identify specific
best practices and the measures associated with those practices;
and how these companies measure overall productivity at the
To help organizations learn how to successfully measure R&D
productivity, the American Productivity & Quality Center
(APQC) is launching a consortium benchmarking study that will
address three areas.
- Identify the areas where improved attention, knowledge,
and education would lead to higher R&D productivity.
Use measurement to increase visibility and awareness to facilitate enhanced performance in R&D.
- Understand how leading-edge organizations manage portfolios
and the focus and number of innovative new product or
- Identify common elements, processes, or strategies that
increase the productivity of both research and development,
as opposed to those that are effective for one or the
other (e.g., too much control may not be appropriate for
research but could be effective in development).
- Learn how leading-edge organizations take steps to operationalize
a strategy for innovation.
Determine effective change management activities to
support the realization of improved R&D productivity.
- Determine what to measure.
- Overall R&D performance
- Product/ service development project performance
- Functional performance
- Improvement projects
- Examine how leading-edge organizations use performance
management practices to drive the efficiency and effectiveness
of R&D to the bottom line.
- Identify qualitative and quantitative metrics.
- Understand the effect of the measurement system on R&D
- Understand the behavior-based challenges related to
implementing and maintaining a performance measurement
- Learn how leading-edge organizations evaluate the productivity
of knowledge workers.
Consortium Benchmarking Methodology
- This presentation discusses the methods APQC follows for
the conduct of its sponsored consortium benchmarking studies.
It would be of interest if you haven't previously engaged
with APQC or participated in such a benchmarking research
Productivity Proposal - This paper
describes the goals and pricing for consortium participants
for this specific R&D Productivity Study.
Best Practices Screening Survey -
APQC, GGI and consortium sponsors endeavor to only engage
in benchmarking partnership with those who can be singled
out as best practice implementers. This survey is one tool
used to identify firms that have truly adopted best practices
in R&D Productivity.
Interest Questionnaire - Sponsors considering
participation in this productivity study complete a series
of short questions relating to their needs, interests, and
expectations. The response is discussed as part of the decision
process of becoming a sponsor with APQC to insure that there
is a good match between the intent of the study and the
sponsor company's needs.
For even more detailed information about the APQC/GGI Consortium
Research Study, please contact GGI at 781-444-5400, or visit our contact page .
The contact at APQC is Marisa Brown at (713) 685-4655 or fax (713) 681-1179, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about APQC and its wide range of benchmarking
activities go to their home page at www.apqc.org.