Business Essentials

Without strong fundamental elements like structure and plan, a business will never move from concept to successful real-world organization.
Business essentials include all of the elements that contribute to the success or failure of a business. Learn about business plans, models, and the fundamentals that are key to success.

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History and Meaning of International Workers' Day (Labor Day)
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Why Silicon Valley Companies Are Moving to Texas
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The 10 Biggest Strikes In U.S. History
Absolute vs. Comparative Advantage: What’s the Difference?
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Agency Theory
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What Is a Commission in Financial Services?
What Are Economies of Scale?
Expense Definition
Why a Green-Field Investment Appeals to Companies
Interest Rates: Different Types and What They Mean to Borrowers
Understanding Intermediate Goods
Liability Definition
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Limited Liability: What You Need to Know
Perfect Competition: Examples and How It Works
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What Is the Difference Between CIF and FOB?
Affiliates: Everything You Need to Know
How Brick-and-Mortar Stores Are Performing and Adapting
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Codes of Ethics: : Types and Examples
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Core Competencies Definition
What Is Corporate Culture?
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Good Customer Service Matters
What Is Ex Works (EXW)?
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Feasibility Study
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The 4 Ps of Marketing and How to Use Them in Your Strategy
What Are Internal Controls?
Having a positive attitude is rewarding
Why Everyone Needs Strong Interpersonal Skills
What Is Lead Time?
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Management by Objectives (MBO)
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Reading Into the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)
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Everything You Need to Know About Market Share
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What Is a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)?
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Opportunity Cost Formula, Calculation, and What It Can Tell You
Why Companies Use Outsourcing
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Payment-in-Kind (PIK)
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What Is Price Discrimination?
What Is a Quasi Contract?
Research and Development (R&D)
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Request for Proposal (RFP)
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What Is Social Responsibility?
Understanding Standardization
What Is Total Quality Management?
Why Value-Added Matters
What Is a Value Chain?
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Value Proposition: Why Consumers Should Buy a Product or Use a Service
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Should a Company Issue Debt or Equity?
Net Present Value
Present Value vs. Net Present Value: What's the Difference?
How Do Modern Corporations Deal With Agency Problems?
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Brownfield Investment
What You Should Know About Credit Enhancement
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Incoterms Definition
What Is an Operating Lease?
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Understanding Proxy Fights
How Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Works
Identifying and Managing Business Risks
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Defining the FIG at an Investment Bank
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Articles of Association Definition and Example
Attrition Definition
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How a Balanced Scorecard (BSC) Is Used
How Brown Bag Meetings Work