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Operations & Manufacturing Archive

December 15, 2009

A School for Displaced Workers

With industries contracting and jobless rates among manufacturing workers skyrocketing, community colleges have become the new home of retraining programs.
November 24, 2009

Auto Suppliers in Crisis:
1. The Coming Shakeout

This bedrock U.S. manufacturing sector is facing consolidation, further cutbacks, and renewal.
November 24, 2009

Auto Suppliers in Crisis:
2. Steps for Restructuring

How to choose which units to cut and which to keep.
November 24, 2009

An Essential Step for Corporate Strategy

Though often missing, a formal operations strategy can guide the crucial decisions that build competitive advantage.
July 14, 2009

Debugging the Supply Chain

Ten-year-old Cricket Communications found that even the oft overlooked supply chain can be a lucrative target for innovation.
June 23, 2009

A “Hands-on” Approach to Surviving the Recession

Noble Group CEO Richard Elman discusses risk, opportunity, and his growth strategy for the commodities business.
May 26, 2009

Reframing Your Business Equation

Companies and industries are often driven by implicit formulas. Questioning their validity can lead to breakthroughs.
March 24, 2009

Global Partnerships Unplugged

A survey finds that information technology is a neglected asset in joint ventures, leading to disturbing results.
March 17, 2009

Betting on China

Even in the face of the economic downturn, a survey finds that multinationals in China are upgrading their mainland operations and encouraging the government to improve the education and productivity of Chinese workers.
January 13, 2009

Building Cars by Design

Faced with plummeting demand, automakers should make vehicles with features that match customer preferences.