04/04/2013 02:11 pm ET

5 Things Social Enterprises Should Learn About Scale From Big Companies

If McDonald’s can empower millions of franchise employees to make millions of perfect Big Macs a week, can a social enterprise empower hundreds of thousands to provide basic health care or education to their communities?

Of course Big Macs aren’t the same as education or health care, but here are five practices from big companies that social enterprises or NGOs more broadly could adopt to deliver the same quality of goods or services to a huge number of people in a vast array of different contexts:

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