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Achieving Competitive Advantage through Collaboration with Key Customers and Suppliers

Achieving Competitive Advantage through Collaboration with Key Customers and Suppliers

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An Evolving Operational Focus
In the past when companies pondered corporate strategy, operations had been peripheral to the discussion. Operations were considered a technical matter with one way of doing things and therefore not, strategic. Strategy is about products, markets, and competitive advantage with divergent possibilities.

Operations were seen as a series of puzzles with single best solutions. The realization that optimization of parts did not optimize the whole led to new focus - operational management went up a level from looking at individual tasks to looking at whole processes. During the 1960s, Japanese manufactures obtained competitive advantage by optimizing operational efficiency, which meant lower prices, flexible production capabilities and a reduction in lead times. Operational considerations became a key theme in strategic discussions.

Top 10 Telecommuting Questions Answered

Top 10 Telecommuting Questions Answered

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Intrigued by the idea of working at home in a job? Millions of people each year surf the Internet to find the perfect work-at-home job only to be overwhelmed by the number of scams and work-at-home schemes. One of the first steps to finding a legitimate work-at-home job is to understand what telecommuting is all about. Below are the answers to the top ten telecommuting questions.

1) What is telecommuting?

Telecommuting describes the situation in which a person works off-site for all or part of the workweek. In essence, he commutes via telephone or other telecommunication equipment such as a modem. He may telecommute from home, a satellite location or mobile office. He doesn't do assembly work, email processing, envelope stuffing, or ad placing.

SS-8 An Invitation to an Audit

SS-8 An Invitation to an Audit

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The IRS has a form SS-8 which you can fill out to have the IRS tell you if a particular worker (or class of workers) is an independent contractor or employee. Which is awfully nice of the folks over there at tax-central. The only problem is... well there are a few problems. Where shall I begin?

1. Any governmental agency will give you only the MOST conservative opinion. This means that if there is a grey area - they aren't in it. This takes the choice of what amount of risk you are willing to accept away from you.

Great Questions to Ask on an Interview

Great Questions to Ask on an Interview

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You've worked hard to get an interview, and now it feels like everything is on the line. What's the best approach to ensure a great interview? Based on my experience working with professionals with varied backgrounds and experience, I'd have to stay that figuring out what to ask on the interview is where many people get stuck. They know they should ask something, but what? During most (if not all) interviews, you will be asked "Do you have any questions?" and I say respond with a confident "Absolutely!"

Smart candidates know that they are also interviewing the company to figure out whether it's going to be a good move for them too. I hate hearing from clients "If I had known "X," I would never have taken the job." Do your homework up front and you'll lessen the risk of making a poor decision.

Nursing Continuing Education For the 21st Century

Nursing Continuing Education For the 21st Century

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One need only to scan a newspaper or read a weekly magazine to be astounded by the number of stories about new medical breakthroughs, disease processes, emerging threats of disease, or innovations in medical and health care technology. The World Health Organization warns us to prepare for a potential worldwide Bird Flu epidemic, terrorists threaten us with chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, and new protocols for ACLS are released. How is a working nurse to keep up?

Nursing education provides the basic building blocks of medical, scientific, and nursing knowledge, but competence in the nursing profession requires an ongoing process of continuing education. Continuing education for nurses is necessary for the nurse to remain up to date with the latest practice issues and it is necessary for patient's safety as well. Some states have made continuing education for nurses mandatory and require a certain number of course credit hours be attained before license renewal, or require certain mandatory course subjects, while other states leave it to the nursing professional themselves to accept a personal responsibility for their own continued learning. Regardless of whether nursing continuing education, or Nursing CEUS as such programs are commonly referred to, are mandatory in one's state or not, all nurses who describe themselves as professionals need to be willing and ready to implement change in their own practice by realizing that competence in any profession requires periodic updating.

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