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By: Chad Kymal

What is enterprise quality? Simply put, it is a system where there is one quality manual, and a core of common processes, work instructions, and forms and checklists for a multisite environment. Why is this a good idea? Because it saves money.

Figure 1 illustrates how enterprise quality takes many isolated management systems and transforms them into a common one.

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By: Michael Jovanis

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Particles of metal in children’s medicine. Adulterated baby formula. Spontaneously combusting smartphones. When scandal is only a tweet away, companies can’t hide from quality failures.

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By: Steven Sweldens

The tide of popular opinion seems to have turned against multitasking. Recent articles scoff at the notion that people could satisfactorily complete more than one activity at a time, labeling it a myth and a fallacy. This purist pushback in the press mirrors common resentment among professionals at the expectation to adjust to the constant flux that digital technology has brought to daily life.

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By: Ryan E. Day

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By: Ruth P. Stevens

Everyone is looking to do more with less these days. When you compare the cost of postal mail—about a dollar a piece—to the cost of email —about a penny a piece—any B2B marketer is going to prefer using email as the medium for staying in touch with current customers and inquirers. No brainer, right?

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By: Peter Robustelli

The largest problems facing businesses isn’t competition, globalization, or access to capital. It is something else, something embedded in the fabric of organizations as their most important asset. Human capital, the people who make organizations work, is one of the largest single issues being faced in today’s business environment.

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By: Henrik Werdelin

In a startup’s early days, innovation is the name of the game. But once companies gain size and recognition, they go into maintenance mode, unwilling to let new approaches take hold. When the CEOs of these larger corporations do seek innovation or change, they expect a seamless execution.

Here’s the problem: There is no such thing as flawless execution of innovation. Change and disruption, by their very nature, are messy endeavors. If an idea makes perfect sense, someone’s already done it.

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By: Thomas R. Cutler

Two years ago, the marketing research division of Florida-based TR Cutler Inc. interviewed CEOs of privately held manufacturing operations in North America and reported that their top fear was a lack of communication with employees due to the inability to motivate or inspire the workforce. That research was recently replicated, and while communication breakdowns are still the No. 1 fear, the reasons and importance are quite different: It’s about communicating with a multicultural workforce.

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By: Jon Speer

If you’re in the medical device industry, you may think that design controls are a confusing imposition on your processes. But they’re a necessary part of your requirements as a medical device developer, and I’ve noticed that this area tends to be rife with misconceptions, confusion, and generally making things into a bigger deal than they really need to be.

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By: Lars Fæste, Jim Hemerling

Digital disruption is reaching beyond technology to engulf a variety of industries, including manufacturing, transportation, energy, healthcare, and construction, that constitute a significant portion of the global economy. Manufacturing alone accounts for 12 percent of the U.S. GDP, according to The World Bank.

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