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The Operations Management Complete Toolbox (Collection) by Arthur V. Hill, Randal Wilson

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11. Organizing for Efficiency

When organizations look at cost reduction, the focus can typically be on elimination, which usually points to human resources. This can be a result of paradigms or the mind-set of managers who are used to looking at cost reduction in the form of elimination. Although eliminating things can reduce cost, it’s the approach taken that can be improved to optimize what needs to be eliminated, if anything, to accomplish the goal. Project managers using Streamline Thinking have to look at their project from an organizational standpoint. Organization represents a process that results in efficiency, not necessarily elimination. It’s important for the manager to understand the concept of organization and what options and alternatives ...

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