environmental scanning

  

Definition

Careful monitoring of an organization's internal and external environments for detecting early signs of opportunities and threats that may influence its current and future plans. In comparison, surveillance is confined to a specific objective or a narrow sector.

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  • You should always try to do an environmental scanning around your factory to make sure you aren't damaging the area.

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  • You should be able to do an environmental scanning to make sure that you are not polluting the surrounding area.

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  • We knew we would be okay because we had environmental scanning in place that would ensure that any threats we faced would be dealt with.

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