APQC Partnership


APQC Partnership

Elements and APQC have signed a partnership that allows Elements Users to have access to APQC’s Process Classification Frameworks that have been imported into Elements as Process Maps.

APQC’s Process Classification Framework®(PCF) is the most used process framework in the world. It creates a common language for organizations to communicate and define work processes comprehensively and without redundancies. Organizations are using it to support benchmarking, manage content, and perform other important performance management activities.
APQC’s PCF was developed in the early 1990s by APQC and a group of members from a number of industries and countries throughout the world. Originally envisioned as a tool to aid in performance improvement projects, the framework evolved into the broad taxonomy that it is today. It is designed as a framework and global standard to be customized for use in any organization. Thus, the PCF does not list all processes within a specific organization, and every process listed in the framework does not exist in all organizations.

Cross-Industry PCF

The Cross-Industry PCF and contains over 2000 process diagrams with links to KPIs. Below is the structure of the PCF. The PCF has been imported into Elements as a Process Map with the same structure. The map is freely available to all Elements Users.  Simply send an email to success@elements.cloud with the subject “APQC Cross-Industry”  and we will send you an Elements map invite so you can access the map and copy it into your team space.

APQC Cross-Industry PCF

Industry Specific PCF

There are 18 industry specific PCFs. Not all have been converted and imported into Elements, yet.  They are being converted on a demand basis.  That means if you would like the PCD converted, please send an email to success@elements.cloud and let us know which industry PCF you would like converted.
APQC Industry PCF

Rights and Permissions

This Process Classification Framework® (“PCF”) is the copyrighted intellectual property of APQC. APQC encourages the wide distribution, discussion, and use of the PCF for classifying and defining organizational processes. Accordingly, APQC hereby grants you a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, copy, publish, modify, and create derivative works of the PCF, provided that all copies of the PCF and any derivative works contain the following attribution:

This APQC Process Classification Framework® (“PCF”) is an open standard developed by APQC, a nonprofit that promotes benchmarking and best practices worldwide. The PCF is intended to facilitate organizational improvement through process management and benchmarking, regardless of industry, size, or geography.