Definition of « Best Practices »
Best Practices may be defined as an efficient way, method or technique used to accomplish tasks and/or resolve problems, approved and recognized by organizations. The implementation of such practices comes from the need to overcome new problems or the necessity to improve the way organizations operate. The notion of « Best Practices » often implies a long and complex process beginning with the identification of the problem and resulting in its solution. Contributing to « Best Practices » infers providing a precise description of this process and accepting to exchange and share experiences with other organizations. This allows us to broaden the use of the proposed practices, which will eventually become approved and documented procedures and methods.
In order to guarantee a high quality of « Best Practices » papers, it is important that their content be consistent. For this, we recommend that authors organize and structure their papers in the following manner:
The problem and its context (20%)
- Presentation of the organization and its internal and external environments,
- The problem, its origin, and its impact on the organization's activity,
- The primary reasons for investigating solutions.
The process used to solve the problem (40%)
- The intended goals of the project,
- The collection and processing of data, statistics, facts,
- The major steps of the process,
- The strategy and method employed,
- Performance evaluation criteria.
Results and perspectives (40%)
- Fulfillment of economic, environmental, or societal goals,
- The key success factors,
- The obstacles and challenges encountered,
- Conclusive information for the organization,
- Perspective s for the future.
To evaluate "Best Practices" papers, we will use the same review process and criteria as explained for scientific papers:
- Relevance to selected research conference topics,
- Clear definition of the core issue,
- Mastery of the concepts used,
- Theoretical and methodological contribution,
- Usefulness to management practices,
- Depth of the analyses and arguments,
- Validity and consistency of the discussions,
- Quality of the literature review,
- Quality and readability of the text,
- Conformity with submission guidelines.
To format their papers for submission, authors should use the same guidelines as described for research papers.