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Operations & Manufacturing Archive

August 8, 2014

Warfare, Software, and Industrial Design

The benefits of an organic, more iterative approach to product development.
March 31, 2014

Zero Injuries, Waste, and Harm

How AkzoNobel NV, a leading manufacturer, is making its health, safety, and environment procedures stronger by making them more consistent.
February 25, 2014

How to Talk to Your Board about Risk

New research reveals a better way to engage with board members on this critical business issue.
February 14, 2014

How to Prepare Your Company for Growth

Take Booz & Company’s Fit for Growth* Index profiler and find out what you need to be successful in the long term.
January 20, 2014

America’s Real Manufacturing Advantage

A new wave of software innovation is about to transform industry—and give the United States the chance for a lasting edge. See also America’s Manufacturing Advantage—In Pictures.
January 18, 2014

America’s Manufacturing Advantage

A new wave of software innovation is about to transform industry—and give the United States the chance for a lasting edge.
January 16, 2014

UPS's Christmas Failure Delivers a Powerful Lesson about Alliances

How networks of small shippers could have played a big role this holiday season.
January 9, 2014

For Companies, It’s Not Easy Being Green

Companies that implement socially and environmentally responsible strategies tend to profit—but the benefits take time to show.
January 9, 2014

How an Alliance of Regional Shippers Is Threatening UPS and FedEx

When properly networked, small players wield greater power.
December 3, 2013

How Industrial Companies Can Get Better at Design

Manufacturers should adopt the nimble strategy used by software firms: “sprint and scrum.”
November 26, 2013

A Skeptic’s Guide to 3D Printing

Excitement about any new technology should be balanced with the application of time-tested forecasting tools.
November 26, 2013

Seeking Scale in the Maker Movement

Mark Hatch, the CEO of TechShop, is betting that the new wave of high-tech DIY will bolster innovation and the growth of this nascent industry.
November 12, 2013

s+b Trend Watch: Chinese Companies Reclaim “Made in China”

Chinese companies’ total exports are now roughly equal to that of foreign companies operating in China.
November 4, 2013

Why You Should Create Multiple Supply Chains

Manufacturers that take a positive view of product proliferation are better meeting the demands of their customers.
September 10, 2013

Siemens Gets SMART by Focusing on Simplicity

In order to compete in emerging markets, Siemens had to learn what the locals wanted.
August 27, 2013

An Uncommonly Cohesive Conglomerate

How United Technologies Corporation—owner of Pratt & Whitney, Otis Elevator, and a wide range of other businesses—became one of the major corporate success stories of the past two decades. See also “The Story of UTCʼs Success—In Pictures.”
August 26, 2013

The Enduring Management Wisdom of Lincoln

Lessons for managers from a manufacturing success story.