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Looked at in yet another way, Stanford faculty member turned researcher-consultant-author Jim Collins applies an analogy of science to best practices by making a clean distinction between the realm of physics and engineering.
Contrast that with the laws of physics, which remain relatively fixed and intact." Indeed, engineering best practices in the 1950s differ vastly from those of 2002, while the laws of physics remain the same, he says.
Much of the published works concentrate narrowly on specific best practice areas, yet how can -- and should -- companies aspire to attain "best-in-class" overall?
Caution is advised when relying on best practices, as some dangers lurk.
While many believe that researching, benchmarking and applying best practices in organizations is a good practice, Collins advises start with the eight principles, or organizational laws of physics, that he says correlate with producing the best results.