ASQ Audit Division 21st Annual Conference

The world has become increasingly flat and most organizations no longer have the luxury of deciding whether or not to do business abroad. If you want to stay competitive and remain viable as a company you must be able to effectively conduct business globally. Auditors have no choice but to get on board and are often thrust into situations with which they are totally unfamiliar and have had no prior training. This year we are bringing you a unique perspective by partnering with ASQ’s Quality Management, Biomedical and Design and Construction Divisions.

Managing Diversity and Cultural Differences: As the world becomes flatter and companies expand into all areas of the globe, auditors must be prepared to audit in unfamiliar locations. Preparation is key, not only for the audit itself but also in understanding cultural differences that may affect the audit process and the outcome. Receive advice and tools from auditing experts on how to prepare for auditing global organizations, including potential issues you should be aware of, cultural differences unique to a particular country or culture that may impact your audit and communication issues that you may encounter.

Best Practices in Managing Risk:  Technology has erased global barriers and made communication instantaneous. Interlocking global economies require constant monitoring of international events that can affect local business conditions. As audit leaders, learn how to use the audit function to help your organization manage and minimize risk and drive change.

Changing Technology: How has the economy impacted the auditing organization globally? How has company spending changed? Recession has increased the demands on many internal audit departments as they have become involved in risk and cost reduction programs. The audit program can become the global standard for the preparation of the company’s regulatory and compliance programs. Who better than auditors to help apply these new standards? Learn how technology impacts the roles of training, system implementation, and project management in the auditing organization.

Virtual Teams: Because more and more organizations have global offices it is often more cost effective to have auditors in those locations instead of incurring the costs associated with sending auditors to various locations. An audit manager is now faced with managing a virtual audit team that requires a different type of management style. Hear the experts tell us how we can best manage a virtual audit team, including the importance of technology, and sophisticated data storage and retrieval systems. Learn the differences associated with managing a virtual team and how an effective leader understands and handles them appropriately. Get answers to your questions on how to adjust for lack of face to face contact, effectively communicating in a virtual environment, and some of the problems encountered with virtual communication. 

Implementing Techniques: Listen and learn as managers and leaders share their experiences of successfully implementing a management or leadership technique that enabled their organization to stay competitive in a global economy.

Strategic Planning:  This “focus area” is dedicated to quality systems, issues, and audits for the Design & Construction industries.  Sessions on the needs, resources, attributes, and methodologies of the industries will be addressed. Specific details will be added at a later date.

Globalization of Requirements: These sessions will center on the efforts to harmonize Quality and Compliance standards globally in the Medical Device, Diagnostics and Pharmaceutical industries. Advances have been made to apply proven Quality management practices in these industries over the last few years.  Consistency across industries is the formula for success.