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Operations & Manufacturing Archive

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

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 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 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.
August 8, 2013

The Attraction of Counterfeit Goods

Corporations that understand why people buy counterfeit goods can learn to draw more consumers away from fakes.
August 1, 2013

A Bottom-of-the-Pyramid Strategy Yields Top-of-the-Pyramid Results

Companies that focus on consumers with little spending power can change the dynamics of an industry.
July 24, 2013

Government Subsidies Pave the Way in China

Professors Usha Haley and George Haley identify the origin of Chinese dominance in four major industries.
July 23, 2013

Creating Greater Value in an Age of Scarcity

The lessons of frugal innovation allow companies in both emerging and developed economies to do more with fewer resources.
July 23, 2013

Renault-Nissan's Journey to Affordable Cars

Using a smarter design, Renault has engineered high-quality, low-cost cars for cost-conscious consumers.
July 19, 2013

Why Things Fail (And Why They Get Better)

Steve Capps’s award-winning article is an essential primer for anyone trying to understand manufacturing.
June 26, 2013

Smarter Executive Decision Making Is Within Reach

Dan Heath, the coauthor of Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work, explains how to raise the quality of your company’s decisions.
February 25, 2013

Is China the World’s Next Rust Belt?

Rising labor costs will challenge China’s manufacturing base, but five factors point to opportunities for growth.