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Customer Relationship Management: Getting It Right! by Judith W. Kincaid

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12.1. Process, Schmocess—What Are We Talking About?

Again, we'll look to a dictionary for a starting definition of a process, which, according to Webster's, is “a series of actions conducing to an end.” In their excellent book, Improving Performance (1995), Geary Rummler and Alan Brache describe a process as “the way work gets done.” For our purposes, a process is the series of actions that deliver a specified outcome.

DEFINITIONS

A process is a series of work steps that lead to a specific result.

Organizations were initially established to support getting work done. People who had similar jobs all reported into the same organization.

12.1.1. Processes ...

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