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Operations & Manufacturing Archive

December 2, 2008

Transforming an Adversarial Relationship

A survey of automakers and their suppliers unearths the management prerequisites for working together profitably.
November 25, 2008

Supplier Empowerment and the Bottom Line

When you adapt your sourcing strategy to a more diverse world, everybody benefits.
October 28, 2008

The Collaboration Game

Although an elusive goal, cooperative relationships between retailers and suppliers can be wildly profitable.
October 21, 2008

Is Backshoring the New Offshoring?

The business press is touting a return of offshored jobs to the U.S. — but we’re not buying it.
October 14, 2008

Knowledge-based Sourcing in China

Structural shifts in the Asian giant’s economy are forcing companies to adopt deeper and more personal strategies for supplier relationships.
August 26, 2008

Smarter Medicine

How the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revolutionized the way vaccines are delivered.
August 12, 2008

RFID Redux

No longer the tech darling, RFID is slowly reemerging as a valuable way to monitor small pieces of big supply chains.
July 22, 2008

Sidestepping Disaster

Extending supply chains to low-cost nations may make economic sense, but disruptions from natural catastrophes can drown the gains.
June 24, 2008

Indian Outsourcers Go Global

Facing mounting competitive pressure, India’s biggest firms are reshaping themselves as multinationals.
June 10, 2008

It’s Not about the Money

To improve employee morale and productivity, increasing compensation may be precisely the wrong tack.
June 10, 2008

Jeffrey Liker: The Thought Leader Interview

The lean process expert explains why it’s so hard to emulate Toyota.
June 10, 2008

Start with Sourcing

Procurement lies at the heart of a successful green strategy.
May 28, 2008

Six Keys to a Winning Manufacturing Strategy

How John Deere bucked industrial trends to become an international growth star.
March 18, 2008

China’s Shifting Competitive Equation

Multinational companies must respond to China’s rising costs by bringing their own global best practices to its shores.
February 26, 2008

Launch and Learn

To consistently turn out profitable new offerings, companies must integrate three distinct innovation portfolios.
January 22, 2008

Signals for the Coming Year

Change may be certain, but for a business decision maker, some changes have more impact than others. Here are eight trends that will make the greatest difference in 2008.