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The IMC objective is to act as a global focal point for the mutual exchange and dissemination of integrated management and integrated management systems best practice. To help achieve this, it provides a range of downloadable documents.

Integrated Management: Definition and Principles

This paper was first published in 2002 and extended in 2022 by the addition a pictogram, 25 universal management definitions, a list of benefits and an executive summary. It provides a formal definition of Integrated Management and its elaboration demonstrating how it links to practical application. 

See also ‘What is integrated management?’

Integrated Management System: Definition and Structuring Guide

This paper was first published in 2003 and provided a formal definition of an integrated management system (IMS). It also includes typical characteristics and desirable features of an Integrated Management System (IMS).

The architecture of a management system is composed of rules defining the desired behaviour of the organisation. It is like building architecture, it needs to be functional and elegant making it valuable and accessible to stakeholders and inviting their ownership. See also ‘What is an Integrated Management System?’

Integrated Management: Concise Argument

This short paper was first published in 2005 and provides a concise nine point ‘elevator pitch’ to quickly communicate the importance and value of adopting an integrated approach to management. Such arguments are often termed an elevator pitch where the time travelling in an elevator is all there is to get your message across to a director or senior manager.

Interorganisational Networks: Improvement

This paper was published in 2022 and is about relationships between organisations. It provides guidance on the effective and efficient creation of interorganisational networks including supply and delivery chains which have become commonplace throughout the globe, varying in size and complexity.

The paper helps structure a systematic review of these networks to ensure they are fit for purpose and to ensure they align with the evolving needs, expectations, and aspirations of stakeholders.

Integrated Management: Education and Training Guidance

This paper was first published in 2007. It provides guidance on structuring and procuring integrated management education and training. The guidance is broad and detailed and may be interpreted appropriately for structuring and reviewing courses relating to integrated management from initial awareness through to detailed application of principles and established good practice.

***this paper is under revision***

Certification Body Selection and Management

The purpose of this paper is to assist organisations decide if certification is appropriate and to optimise the value gained from the certification process. This paper looks at:

What certifying a management system means?

How an organisation can gain benefits from certifying its management system.

How to select a management system certification body and the benefits of using an accredited certificated body over a non-accredited certificated body.

The issues surrounding the certification of an integrated management system. 

It should be noted that organisations tend to grow and evolve and the management system and certification, if appropriate, needs to be optimally supportive and add the maximum value. A checklist has been included to help organisations improve their management of the certification of their management system.

See also IMS Certification Bodies

Using MSS 1000 to Boost Performance

Whether to adopt the Universal Management System Standard MSS 1000 is a key strategic decision confronting all organisations. It has the potential to improve effectiveness, efficiency, competitiveness, and the equitable satisfaction of stakeholder needs, expectations and aspirations.

Over the last couple of decades or so the facets of performance that potentially satisfy stakeholders’ needs, expectations and aspirations have significantly widened and deepened adding to the complexity of managing an organisation in a systematic and equitable way.

This paper explains how the Universal Standard MSS 1000 can make your management processes better, faster and cheaper.



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