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October 10, 2008

When do you know you have researched enough?

In a few hours our team will be meeting after researching for nearly three days non stop.

It has been rather interesting and quite challenging to tackle projects I have barely any knowledge about.

At first we thought books would be a good idea, so Toon and I went to the library in order to find any relevant books. The truth is that even though we found several books connected with our projects    -iso vs efqm model, Deming prize, Malcolm Baldrige award ect-  their were outdated (an issue we had been warned about during induction week). So instead we decided to consult electronic journals and websites...

What a task! First of all there are so many journals to study and even more websites to look at! So inevitably I decided to select the most recent journals and the most reliable websites...But even then there were difficulties, because of the difference of opinions expressed, so who do you trust?

The one minute you are reading that ISO 9000:2000 thousand is bad for business and the next that it necessary to have the isoaccreditation in order to "do business"....

Am I doing something wrong?

So the question I pose is: when to do you stop? I am used to stopping when I have acquired an in depth and solid knowledge of the issue.... But I am starting to wonder whether that is always an option....

Do you stop when you feel exhausted because of spending endless hours searching for the right information?

Or do you stop because you feel there is nothing more you can do so you give up? 

But then again I dont think there are any quitters in the MBE course, so I guess you just go on researching...

I think that the end result is going to be worth it, right?

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