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2022

With a substantial portion of our lives spent at work, work design is critical for the well-being and productivity of individuals, organizations, and economies. In this [Read More]

2022

While the pandemic provided opportunities for businesses to innovate, strategies for managing continuous innovation under prevailing environmental conditions are what set successful firms apart. In this [Read More]

2022

Public services, comprising at least 20% of GDP in most APO members, matter enormously to productivity. The benefits of public service digital transformation can improve the [Read More]

2022

Combined permaculture and Agriculture 4.0 practices (PermAgro 4.0) is a way forward for productive, sustainable agriculture. Ali Riza Ersoy shares his journey and experiences with PermAgro [Read More]

2022

The 2022 edition of the APO Productivity Databook aims to support APO member economies in coping with current challenges, including postpandemic revival, and contribute to their [Read More]

2022

This publication highlights impacts of COVID-19 on productivity and explores main drivers of productivity growth in APO and OECD economies.

2022

This report is a comprehensive summary of the APO’s activities and initiatives in 2021, an historical year that saw the APO commemorate its 60th anniversary, launch [Read More]

2022

With the increasing vulnerability of global youth employment, it is urgent to reengage young people in the labor force. APO member economies with a youth bulge [Read More]

2022

As the manufacturing hub of the world, Asia sees more value in Green Productivity (GP) than in the circular economy (CE), which is focused on sustainability [Read More]

2022

Social entrepreneurship is a global phenomenon that largely entails innovative solutions to social problems. In this P-Insights report, Dr. Marie Lisa M. Dacanay shares examples of [Read More]

2022

Design innovation encourages enterprises to think holistically about design throughout various stages of new product/service development. Focusing on how to incorporate design innovation as a strategy [Read More]

2022

The time for change, to rethink our approach to the planet, is now, not tomorrow. This P-Insights report explores the concepts of Green Productivity and the [Read More]

2022

The pandemic has changed the way organizations work and operate. With the constant quest to increase performance and productivity, this report explores how organizations and individuals [Read More]

2022

This is the inaugural edition of the APO Productivity Outlook series. The report underscores that productivity gains in the manufacturing sector are essential in driving long-term [Read More]

2022

Transformation is never easy. The manufacturing journey undertaken by 15 companies in five member countries at various stages of Industry 4.0 are highlighted here as case [Read More]

2022

APO has brought out this publication at a time when smart manufacturing is being recognized as a key leverage for raising productivity growth, more so after [Read More]

2022

Digital transformation is not a luxury, but a necessity. It is also an essential part of business survival. As such, it is crucial for SMEs to [Read More]

2021

This publication presents the highlights of the discussions at the International Conference on the Centrality of Productivity in June 2021 as part of the 60th Anniversary [Read More]

2021

As the world moves from traditional manufacturing to knowledge-based, high-technology industry, Asian countries are gearing up to acquire new skills and competencies essential for the future [Read More]

2021

The 2021 edition of the APO Productivity Databook aims at helping member governments devise timely policy responses to make economies more robust, maintain growth trajectories, and [Read More]

2021

Be ready for it – the full force of Industry 4.0 is imminent. This revolution is already showing impacts in a nation’s economy, its ways of [Read More]

2021

SMEs must embrace digital innovation to achieve business agility and compete in global markets. However, they are faced with many barriers. This handbook for manufacturing SMEs [Read More]

2021

This research was undertaken to show how the current gaps and weaknesses in systems for monitoring agricultural productivity in APO member countries could be addressed. The [Read More]

2021

Dr. Ascuncion pinpoints country-specific features widening economic, gender, and digital divides in the Philippines during the pandemic. It has a young population, the service sector accounts [Read More]

2021

The second country to record a COVID-19 case, Thailand’s response and degree of public cooperation with mitigation measures were exemplary. Those measures, however, also brought underlying [Read More]

2021

Dr. Patarapong Intarakumnerd, Professor and Deputy Program Director, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Program, National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan; Dr. Atsushi Sunami, [Read More]

2021

The P-Insights reports, based on the popular P-Talks broadcast on the APO’s YouTube channel since soon after the COVID-19 pandemic struck, were expanded and updated to [Read More]

2021

Although standard public policy tools to guide citizens’ behavior are regulations, incentives, and information, these do not always lead to the desired outcomes. This P-Insights report [Read More]

2021

Simon Anholt believes that national image is as important as productivity or innovation because: “If you want to do well, you have to do good.” This [Read More]

2021

This publication highlights the role that productivity and the APO has played in the Asia-Pacific since its inception in 1961. It marks the organization’s Diamond Jubilee [Read More]

2020

Agroindustries spur economic development, create jobs in rural and urban areas, increase food security, and reduce poverty. This report by Prof. Ralph D. Christy, Research Fellow [Read More]

2020

This report highlights the initiatives and continued efforts of APO in promoting productivity in member countries, while navigating and mitigating the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 [Read More]

2020

The 2020 edition of the APO Productivity Databook aims to assist policymakers in member countries in navigating the current volatile climate while achieving sustainable growth. Recent [Read More]

2020

This publication is an endeavor to help APO member economies gauge their productivity readiness using a meticulously constructed and easy to use Productivity Readiness Index (PRI). [Read More]

2020

This publication is another comprehensive source of reliable productivity data and analysis complementing the APO Productivity Databook. It provides a thorough exploration on the significant determinants [Read More]

2020

Compiled by an expert international panel, the APO Manual: Public-sector Productivity is structured into 11 modules addressing the diverse needs and challenges of APO members but [Read More]

2020

The new second edition of the APO Knowledge Management Facilitators’ Guide (KMFG) reflects the updated APO KM Framework, ISO 30301 Knowledge Management Standard, and Industry 4.0 [Read More]

2020

After publication of the APO’s Knowledge Management Tools and Techniques (KMT&T) in 2010, information access expanded dramatically, the ISO 30401 Knowledge Management Standard was issued, and [Read More]

2019

This research was undertaken to show how the current gaps and weaknesses in systems for monitoring agricultural productivity in APO member countries could be addressed. The [Read More]

2019

This manual provides easy-to-follow instructions on delivering scenario planning training. It covers the seven main steps of the scenario planning process as well as facilitation, communication, [Read More]

2019

The publication is a comprehensive summary of APO activities in 2019 as it continued smart transformation programs to help its members navigate changes affecting the agriculture, [Read More]

2019

Innovative elements of the APO Productivity Databook 2019 include 20 country and five regional profiles, plus improved total factor productivity estimates considering land capital and labor [Read More]

2019

A look at youth employment entrepreneurship challenges, policies, and programs in eight Asian countries.

2018

A collaboration between co-authors from six APO member countries plus the UK, this volume addresses the importance of increasing the productivity of all engaged in knowledge [Read More]

2018

The report highlights APO initiatives to improve productivity and continuing efforts to build firm foundations for the future-readiness of its members. It also contains the details [Read More]

2017

The 2017 APO Productivity Databook builds on the comparative analysis approach covering APO members, reference economies, and economic groupings to give a comprehensive picture of factors [Read More]

2017

The report highlights APO initiatives for improving productivity and enabling member countries to become future-ready, as well as the impact of its efforts to make the [Read More]

2016

The ninth edition of the APO Productivity Databook contains comprehensive cross-country comparisons of economic growth, structural change, and productivity performance in Asian and global reference economies, [Read More]

2016

This guidebook is meant for NPOs aiming to introduce a business excellence (BE) model or awards for the public sector or to enhance their existing schemes. [Read More]

2016

The report highlights initiatives taken by the APO for improving productivity and driving greener economic development as well as to address social marketing, youth employment issues, [Read More]

2016

Influenced by the “new public management” concept, the APO and other institutions are rethinking how to measure productivity in the public sector, since its roles affect [Read More]

2016

To assist practitioners, producers, extension workers, and related professionals in disseminating sustainable agricultural development methods, this manual contains insights and experiences of resource persons on Good [Read More]

2015

A comprehensive review, with numerous graphs and tables, of 50 years of the productivity movement in the Asia-Pacific by more than 40 experts plus their visions [Read More]

2015

Published as a companion to Productivity in the Asia-Pacific: Past, Present, and Future, this slim volume defines common productivity terms, practices, and techniques. A handy reference [Read More]

2015

The 8th edition in the series presents comparative data on productivity and economic growth covering 30 Asian economies and Australia, the EU, Turkey, and the USA [Read More]

2015

The report highlights initiatives taken by the APO for improving productivity and driving greener economic development as well as to address social marketing, youth employment issues, [Read More]

2015

A compilation of papers presented at the Asian Food and Agribusiness Conference 2013: Biotechnology and Global Competitiveness covering trends in biotechnology applications, commercialization of agricultural biotechnology, [Read More]

2015

After a comprehensive overview, this publication highlights the different policy measures taken by the governments of seven Asian economies to stimulate innovation among SMEs. It contributes [Read More]

2014

The spread of globalization means that robust corporations must develop constructive labor-management relations in a variety of contexts. The productivity movement in Japan has always been [Read More]

2014

Developed in the late 1990s, MFCA is an environmental management tool since it increases the transparency of material flows, thus decreasing waste. This easy-to-understand manual contains [Read More]

2014

Synthesis of a pilot study jointly conducted with the Kyushu University Asia Center examining agricultural policies in six APO member countries (India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Republic of [Read More]

2014

Contains details of all APO projects held in 2014 organized by subject area, information on NPOs, and project summaries in tabular form with names of project [Read More]

2013

Contains details of all APO projects held in 2013 organized by subject area, information on NPOs, and project summaries in tabular form with names of project [Read More]

2013

The 6th edition in the series presents comparative data on productivity and economic growth covering 29 Asian economies and Australia, the EU, Turkey (included for the [Read More]

2013

Case studies of KM applications in public-sector organizations in India, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore (two), and Thailand, accompanied by an explanation of the APO [Read More]

2012

Contains details of all APO projects held in 2012 organized by subject area, information on NPOs, and project summaries in tabular form with names of project
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2012

The 5th edition in the series presents comparative data on productivity and economic growth covering 29 Asian economies and Australia, the EU, and USA as references [Read More]

2012

Comprehensive listings divided into eco-materials, eco-components, eco-products, and eco-services (total 927); and subdivided by category, how they address environmental issues, where and when in the product [Read More]

2011

Contains details of all APO projects held in 2011 organized by subject area, information on NPOs, and project summaries in tabular form with names of project
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2011

The 4th edition in the series presents comparative data on productivity and economic growth covering 29 Asian economies and the EU and USA as references for [Read More]

2011

An assessment of the impact of existing BE/QA frameworks on 74 private-sector organizations responding to a questionnaire, focusing on those in the ROC, India, Japan, Singapore, [Read More]

2011

The contributors from the ROC, Japan, ROK, Singapore, and USA examined policies to improve job market access for older workers along with stereotypes and attitudes that [Read More]

2011

One-of-a-kind comprehensive listings divided into eco-materials, eco-components, eco-products, and eco-services subdivided into categories. Includes 28 pages of essays on current eco-topics and explanations on how to [Read More]

2011

Coverage of the world’s best practices in using renewable energy sources and in-depth look at their technological, economic, and environmental results.

2010

The third edition offers wider TFP analysis of member countries, covering Fiji, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand for the first time. It explores real income analysis [Read More]

2010

Contains detailed information on 20 essential KM methods and tools and six further recommended tools, both divided into IT and non-IT sections

2010

Eight case studies of non-IT KM utilization for different purposes in SMEs, with explanations of how to use the book and a concluding chapter on takeaway [Read More]

2010

Selected papers from three APO projects on the topics in the 2006–08 period covering consumer trends, labeling and branding, certification, and contributions to rural development.

2010

User-friendly descriptions are given to facilitate purchasing decisions resulting in a smarter, more sustainable society. Featuring 1,000 eco-products and eco-services developed by environmentally advanced enterprises.

2010

An intensely practical 127-page manual providing technical information needed for energy audits and conservation studies. Examples include fuels and combustion and energy efficiency in boilers.

2009

This casebook is an accompaniment to Knowledge Management: Facilitators’ Guide, with case studies from Scotland and the UK as well as from APO members the ROC, [Read More]

2009

The Seven D approach to develop community capacity, which views a community as both the object of development and the most important actor in the process, [Read More]

2009

A synthesized result of various APO projects, this manual contains a wealth of useful information needed to implement a food safety management system at enterprise level.

2009

The fifth edition includes a classified index of goods and services, plus descriptions of environmentally certified products are illustrated with the relevant labels in the listings. [Read More]

2009

Basic information on biomass characteristics, logistics, energy conversion technologies, and methods for retrofitting coal/oil-fired boilers for biomass use including the cost economics is covered.

2009

Based on a step-by-step approach to develop certification schemes for enterprises involved in tourism, the world’s largest business sector, the manual can assist governments and local [Read More]

2009

The contents show how to estimate GHG emissions from businesses; residential, commercial, and institutional buildings; and the transport sector and then develop measures for their mitigation.

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2008

National reports from India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore show how the wise use of social capital can play a role in business [Read More]

2008

Multiple case studies from each of nine APO member countries plus the results of national surveys on the status of KM document how practices are shifting [Read More]

2008

This volume outlines specific problems in aging societies along with programs and policies to deal with them. Practical solutions adopted by the Republic of China, Japan, [Read More]

2008

The fourth edition was extensively revised and updated, with nearly 20 pages added on new topics. Seven hundred eco-products/services are listed.

2008

This practical manual was developed to promote the concept and fundamental of energy conservation in industries to help them become more productive and competitive. The final
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2008

Written in a “question, suggestion, and example” format, the manual is a stand-alone document covering all aspects of greening supply chains in a lucid, stepwise manner.

2008

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive of the EU came into effect in 2006. The APO published this manual aimed at SMEs in the electrical and [Read More]

2007

This compendium is the result of a year of benchmarking among NPOs participating in the APO’s Best Practice Network, focusing on organizational excellence in SMEs (three [Read More]

2007

Based on the results of a survey in 11 APO members, insights are offered on integrated policy-based approaches to reduce solid waste generation and disposal methods [Read More]

2007

Along with a sprinkling of classic success stories from elsewhere, this volume mainly introduces Japanese niche marketing successes in a witty, friendly style that all can [Read More]

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2007

The third volume in the series features best practices in measuring the impact of business excellence approaches, key performance indicators for SMEs, and public service excellence [Read More]

2007

The proceedings of the 2007 International Productivity Conference, where noted speakers gave both theoretical and practical presentations on a variety of KM-oriented topics.

2007

National reports from eight APO members show that the fostering of entrepreneurship has longer-lasting benefits than other forms of assistance, such as technology, finance, and partnership [Read More]

2007

Summaries of nine presentations at the 2007 forum on the strategic management of technology and how it enables the continuous creation of customer value and productivity [Read More]

2007

This compilation of seven resource papers and 13 country reports covers currently applied commercial agricultural biotechnology applications as well as those still in the R&D stage [Read More]

2006

This volume reports the results of a 2003 survey of the legal and regulatory framework for microfinance in nine APO member countries to assist policymakers and [Read More]

2006

Legal compliance, ethical practices, and social contributions are the three dimensions of corporate social responsibility (CSR), which are explored from the Japanese viewpoint.

2006

Extension systems play key roles in raising agricultural productivity. The reports here examine innovations in extension services, including ICT-based networking, the group approach, and expansion of [Read More]

2006

The results of a survey and reports at a follow-up symposium show how social capital and communities are changing with greater urbanization in 10 APO members.
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2006

Estimates of postharvest produce losses vary but are massive, representing numerous types of waste which could be prevented. This compilation contains resource and country papers presented [Read More]

2006

Based on the “success in six” model (getting started, planning, generation and evaluation of GP options, options for implementation of GP, monitoring and review, and sustaining [Read More]

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2006

User-friendly descriptions are given to facilitate purchasing decisions resulting in a greener, sustainable society. Featuring approximately 1,000 eco-products and eco-services developed by environmentally advanced enterprises.

2006

Based on APO demonstration projects conducted in Vietnam, 1998–2003, seven chapters and 10 village case studies show how Green Productivity can be incorporated into community development. [Read More]

2005

This manual was designed to help NPOs and their clients conduct effective benchmarking, focusing on the “learning and sharing” aspects.

2005

How creative entrepreneurship contributes to business growth and economic prosperity is examined from a variety of perspectives, along with critical success factors for entrepreneurs.

2005

HACCP is the internationally recognized system for the management of food safety for all involved in the production, processing, storage, and distribution of food for human [Read More]

2005

The risks of overreliance on chemical inputs in agriculture are widely recognized. The papers contained here point out that the success of nonpesticide approaches to controlling [Read More]

2005

The second volume in the series updates listings in the first. Descriptions are given to facilitate purchasing decisions resulting in a greener, sustainable society. Featuring approximately [Read More]

2005

A daily-use reference that presents six steps to success in GP, explains the 13 tasks in the GP methodology, and outlines over 80 concepts, tools, and [Read More]

2004

The overall conclusion of the 10 country papers and integrated regional analysis in this volume is that, although they may take different forms in different national
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2004

Survey projects on TFP conducted in 1998 and 2001 were discussed at an APO workshop in 2002, with the finalized report versions published here. Closer analysis [Read More]

2004

The result of time- and resource-consuming R&D is IPRs, although many developing countries face difficulties in exploiting them for the expected economic returns. The various issues [Read More]

2004

Knowledge workers are important intangible assets and key sources of competitive advantage. Survey reports from India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand illustrate how a variety [Read More]

2004

This compendium documents the APO Best Practice Network (BPN) learning-and-sharing phase. The case studies from APO members Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand plus Australia [Read More]

2004

While the Asian financial crisis of 1997 obviously affected banking and business, its impact on agriculture was also profound, in many cases hitting the poorest social [Read More]

2004

The development of nonfarm jobs in rural areas leads to more stable growth of the overall economy. Papers from 17 APO member countries examine issues in [Read More]

2004

Based on the presentations and proceedings of an APO study mission to Japan, this compilation showcases successful rural-based food-processing SMEs, many of which took a participatory [Read More]

2004

Papers from 15 APO members conclude that agricultural diversification is a key to improved productivity and competitiveness, although several preconditions must generally be met before agricultural [Read More]

2004

Farming sustainably in inherently fragile upland areas, which have often been subjected to intensive low-yield agriculture for centuries, requires technical and institutional inputs that are not [Read More]

2004

Appropriate land-use planning requires that slopelands be classified with the integrated use of technologies like GIS, remote sensing, and 3D mapping, preferably combined with local knowledge, [Read More]

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