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BLOG: Global standards, meet local constraints

Bart Perkins | Nov. 5, 2013
The benefits of standardisation will always run up against the arcane needs of far-flung field locations.

If global enterprises ignore such constraints, local field offices may choose to operate two separate systems: one to comply with the home office's mandate, and one for day-to-day operations. Think of the waste, especially if duplicate data entry and system operations spin out of control. But you must distinguish between valid local constraints and frivolous requests. Accommodate the first and squash the second. In that way, you will bolster the field's opinion of HQ by being flexible but not foolish. •

 

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