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Operations within an employment social enterprise refer to the daily or regular activities and tasks that enable the organization to produce and sell goods, and to deliver value to its participant workforce. We think of Operations as the “gears” within the organizational machine – the pieces that must fit together behind the scenes for the organization to run effectively, efficiently, and safely.

What exactly constitute Operations will vary by organization, but generally we think of the concept to include the activities and tasks related to key processes, equipment, facilities, and technology/data infrastructure. This section explores those topic areas and others in some depth.

Operations Resources

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8 minutes | Operations | Manage a Social Enterprise

Inventory Management Overview

Inventory management refers to the process of ordering, storing, and using an organization’s inventory. This includes the warehousing, processing, and overall management of raw materials, as well as work-in-progress (WIP) inventory and finished products.  
41 minutes | Business Planning | Grow a Social Enterprise

Employment Social Enterprise Glossary

This is a helpful resource for those seeking to better understand the terminology and concepts related to Employment Social Enterprises (ESEs) and the broader field of social entrepreneurship.
8 minutes | Operations | Grow a Social Enterprise

Operations Improvement Playbook

This resource tailors its advice and guidance to early-stage ESEs, is designed with a “newly-onboarded COO of an ESE” in mind, and incorporates an organizational change management lens on operations improvement