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CPR on BPR: Long Live Business Process Reengineering Part 1: A Primer
Without sound business process analysis, design, and possible re-design or full-blown reengineering in place before you bring in technology, your CRM (or any IT

jit bit  order, Just In Time (JIT) inventory management, Edward Deming's 14 Points documented in his book, Out of the Crisis and taught in Japan and in the U.S., Total Quality Management (TQM), Knowledge Management lead by Peter Senge of MIT and documented in his book The Fifth Discipline , Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), Six Sigma, ISO Quality Certification guidelines, and, of course, Business Process Reengineering (BPR), that 90's management fad fostered and enamored by Hammer and Champy in Reengineering

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