Product Details What is BS ? BS is a new British Standard that provides a framework specification for creating collaborative business relationships. Working in partnership with other organisations allows you to share knowledge, skills and resources effectively — helping all involved to meet mutual goals. Collaborative relationships also lead to better cost and risk management, as well as levels of innovation not normally achieved in a typical client-supplier relationship. BS builds beneficial partnerships that enhance competiveness and performance.
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Develop joint products and services Facilitate the cultural fit Help them develop agreed processes, protocols etc. Provide independent expertise as and when needed Help joint communications Facilitate joint workshops Build joint teams The exact nature of our support will vary depending on the particular companies, their size, their industry etc. BS provides a basic framework.
Peter Westbrook is an accredited facilitator of the framework can envisage the sort of extra help companies will need such as those listed above. The MOD are now actively encouraging partnership frameworks between supplying companies ignoring the fact that they need it more than anyone else.
Companies will need to show that they are doing it to a good plan: hence the importance of BS Other possible applications could be: The Big Society: i. It will also open the door to various other needs. However, please note that Brief introduction to the standard There is plenty of evidence that collaboration in whatever form alliance, partnership, Joint venture, eco-system can if appropriately integrated and executed provide a value business model and enhanced performance.
The risk is that if adopted as bolt on to existing business processes or left to propagate the principles of collaboration by osmosis, it will likely be deemed a failure or worse be counterproductive in the longer term. BS is a world first and offers the opportunity to organisations to adopt a recognised model for building their collaborative approaches and benchmark themselves against industry good practice.
The adoption of a standard provides the foundation and catalyst against which organisations can develop the right strategy and encourage sustainable relationships that can deliver value based performance. It is the first National Standard in the world to address collaborative business relationships. It does not represent a one-size solution, but rather provides a consistent framework, which can be scaled and adapted to meet particular business needs.
Collaboration between organisations may take many forms from loose tactical approaches through to longer term alliances or joint ventures. The structure of the framework is drawn from the CRAFT framework and methodologies supported by a wide range of tools and guides, which have been established over some 20 years of involvement in relationship management.
It also recognises that every relationship has its own unique considerations. For those organisations with well established processes the framework provides a common language that can aid implementation and engagement. For those starting out on the journey the framework creates a road map for development. The BSI certification programme, launched in April , establishes a measurable independent assessment for internal benchmarking of continuous improvement and people development together with independent validated pan industry recognition of an organisations collaborative capability in the market place.
At a more detailed level some of the benefits already recognised by multinational organisations include: The standard creates a robust framework for both the public and private sector to provide a neutral platform for establishing effective collaborative programmes for mutual benefit.
Acting as a bridge between cultures to form a more robust partnership or alliance, it reduces confusion, provides confidence to participants and lays a foundation for innovation. As it was developed through Pan-industry input and thus is not sector specific providing a basis for broader adoption and engagement, providing a common foundation and language for relationships between the private and public sector, international cultures to provide uniformity of understanding.
It provides a platform for developing repeatable models to enhance communication and engagement and thus build confidence. It establishes a consistent yet flexible approach that provides a foundation for efficiency and repeatability across programmes and increased opportunity to focus on developing value. It will aid the development of capability at the working level. It creates a measure to promote customer confidence and a focus for more effective joint risk management both related to the challenges of specific programmes and those linked to relationship aspects of collaborative working.
It reduces the likelihood of misunderstandings, a mismatch of objectives, constrains hidden agendas and reduces the probability of conflict. It establishes a consistent and structured approach to facilitate a focus on integration of collaborative working within operational procedures, processes and systems.
Thus creating a platform for more effective governance, speed the development. Establishes a baseline to support resource development and training to increase collaborative capability to enhance skills and interchange ability of personnel In short a standard framework that will promote better engagement and effectiveness through strengthened business processes, whilst improving risk management, enhancing dispute resolution and providing a basis for skills development.
Most importantly of all improve the potential for sustainable relationships that deliver value.
Develop joint products and services Facilitate the cultural fit Help them develop agreed processes, protocols etc. Provide independent expertise as and when needed Help joint communications Facilitate joint workshops Build joint teams The exact nature of our support will vary depending on the particular companies, their size, their industry etc. BS provides a basic framework. Peter Westbrook is an accredited facilitator of the framework can envisage the sort of extra help companies will need such as those listed above. The MOD are now actively encouraging partnership frameworks between supplying companies ignoring the fact that they need it more than anyone else.
Relationship Management Plan
The BS standard can help your business by improving communications with your business partners. It shows you how to define roles and responsibilities with partners, which will strengthen your business relationships. This in turn will enable you to collaborate on projects more successfully. Clear communications can help you improve efficiency and drive business growth.