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Eat Your Own Dog Food

What is 'Eat Your Own Dog Food'

A colloquialism that describes a company using its own products or services for its internal operations. The term is believed to have originated with Microsoft in the 1980s. While it was originally used in reference to software companies using their own internally-generated tools for software development, its usage has spread to other areas as well. Often shortened simply to "dog food."

Explaining 'Eat Your Own Dog Food'

The basic premise behind "eating your own dog food" is that if a firm expects paying customers to use its products or services, it should expect no less from its own employees. Not using its own products for internal operations may imply that a company does not believe its products are best-of-breed despite its public proclamation of the fact, and that it has more confidence in a rival's offerings. This could not only have a negative impact on employee morale, but can also potentially turn into a public-relations debacle.


Further Reading


Smarter lunchrooms: using behavioral economics to improve meal selection
www.jstor.org [PDF]
… unappetizing when warm, fruit may be easily carried out of the lunchroom and eaten later in … policy—this is a tool that can be used to promote healthier eating and physical … practitioners to share the creative, inexpensive new ways they are helping students eat healthier—without …

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www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… unappetizing when warm, fruit may be easily carried out of the lunchroom and eaten later in … policy—this is a tool that can be used to promote healthier eating and physical … practitioners to share the creative, inexpensive new ways they are helping students eat healthier—without …

Eat your favourite TV show: politics and play in fan cookingEat your favourite TV show: politics and play in fan cooking
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
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What It Is, What It Does and What It Might Do: A Review of Michael Moore's What It Is, What It Does and What It Might Do: A Review of Michael Moore's
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
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Eat not this flesh: Food avoidances in the Old World.Eat not this flesh: Food avoidances in the Old World.
www.cabdirect.org [PDF]
… unappetizing when warm, fruit may be easily carried out of the lunchroom and eaten later in … policy—this is a tool that can be used to promote healthier eating and physical … practitioners to share the creative, inexpensive new ways they are helping students eat healthier—without …

Revisiting the future: Geopolitical effects of the financial crisisRevisiting the future: Geopolitical effects of the financial crisis
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… unappetizing when warm, fruit may be easily carried out of the lunchroom and eaten later in … policy—this is a tool that can be used to promote healthier eating and physical … practitioners to share the creative, inexpensive new ways they are helping students eat healthier—without …

The Monarch and the Marketplace: Economic Policy and Royal Finance in William of Pagula's Speculum regis Edwardi IIIThe Monarch and the Marketplace: Economic Policy and Royal Finance in William of Pagula's Speculum regis Edwardi III
muse.jhu.edu [PDF]
… unappetizing when warm, fruit may be easily carried out of the lunchroom and eaten later in … policy—this is a tool that can be used to promote healthier eating and physical … practitioners to share the creative, inexpensive new ways they are helping students eat healthier—without …


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