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BS11000 standard published

28 October 2010

The world’s first standard for collaborative business relationships has been published and copies are available from the BSI website.

The publication of BS 11000  provides a consistent framework for collaborative partnerships in business which can be scaled and adapted to meet particular business needs. The framework comprises methodologies supported by a wide range of tools and guides which have been established over some 20 years experience in relationship management. The standard is the brainchild of Partnership Sourcing Limited (PSL) - a self-financing not-for-profit organisation which helps organisations of all sizes, in both the public and private sectors, to build and develop effective competitive business relationships based upon a collaborative approach.
PSL’s operations director, David Hawkins commented: “Venturing into the world of collaboration can be one of the most exhilarating and ultimately rewarding aspects of business. Collaboration offers the opportunity to share the flow of knowledge and experience between individuals and organisations. Moreover, it gives organisations an excellent opportunity to establish an open dialogue to generate positive changes to the dynamics of how the organisations work together to deliver benefit and add value.Collaborative working is not about cutting cost, although that may be possible,” Hawkins added. “It offers an alternative and enhanced capability to build new value propositions which are beyond the capabilities of an individual organisation. Collaborative working is a journey which introduces many twists and turns, highs and lows, as it matures. BS 11000 provides a framework – a map, if you like - which organisations and individuals can use to understand the issues that will influence their journey and allow lifecycle planning from concept to closure,” said Hawkins, who is chairman of the BS 11000 development committee. Adopting BS 11000 should create an invaluable common structure to allow key questions to be addressed, evaluated and answered.”
Earlier this year, five leading companies in the defence, aviation and support services sectors become the first in the UK to be awarded PAS 11000 certification – the precursor to BS 11000. EMCOR Group (UK), Lockheed Martin UK, NATS, Raytheon Systems Limited and VT Group worked closely with PSL to achieve PAS 11000 certification, awarded by BSI after they were audited in a pilot certification programme.
In addition, representatives from the UK’s higher education sector have welcomed BS 11000. At a meeting in London in the summer, representatives from institutions including the University of Exeter Business School, the University of Bath, the University of Strathclyde, and Cranfield University agreed that the creation of BS 11000 was a major step forward which offers significant opportunities to support the implementation of more effective collaborative working for both the private and public sectors.
Copies of the 46-page standard – known as BS 11000-1:2010 (ISBN number 978 0 580 69562 9) and which replaces PAS 11000:2006 – are available, price £162, from
http://www.standardsuk.com/BS 11000-1:2010BS 11000-1:2010.


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