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Entrepreneurial companies should consider complying with an internationally recognized set of quality standards known as ISO as a way to mitigate risk, benchmark progress, and attract customers to an untested enterprise, say the founders of a consultancy.
One of the key links in the office products industry is the supply chain. This article covers how one company innovates and acts entrepreneurially to be a leading company in the reseller business sector.
The process of going through a legal audit isn't easy, but the risks associated with avoiding the issue are too high for any company to bear. Doing so is not only necessary, but beneficial.
This article discusses the Operations Plan as an action document to coordinate the activities of the company towards achieving the overall goals and mission.
Why spend money, time, and effort documenting processes? Beyond the obvious direction it will provide in operating the business, numerous other benefits are discussed in this article.
Entrepreneurs face an array of operations challenges, including sales and inventory tracking, to bring products to market. With the widespread adoption of wireless networks and hand-held devices, entrepreneurs should adopt mobile computing to overcome these challenges.
From a lab at MIT to connecting 50,000 high school students live around the world, Norman Gaut's team at PictureTel were pioneers in connecting the world via real-world time, visual communications.
Outsourcing provides a solution to a wide variety of tasks that may not be efficient for a company to handle itself, especially an early-stage business that needs to focus on its top priorities.
Entrepreneurs often cut corners when initially setting up their business systems. To avoid future problems, consider vertically centric business systems that comprehensively manage a company's functions and processes, including accounting, sales tracking, and data analysis.
Even with trained and certified internal quality-improvement leaders, or "belts," Six Sigma efforts can fail because management does not understand the support they need. Such ignorance can mean that Six Sigma quality projects don't match company strategy, receive the right resources or financial support, or benefit from regular reviews by managers who can resolve such issues. Entrepreneurs thinking about implementing a Lean Manufacturing-oriented process need to have a full appreciation not only for the returns but also for the investments required, especially their own time and energy and that of their top team".
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