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Operations & Manufacturing Archive

January 1, 1998

Strategic Value Analysis for Competitive Advantage: An Illustration from the Petroleum Industry

Managers can do a far better job if they understand how each process they manage adds value. SVA is a tool for gaining that understanding.
January 1, 1998

Complexity Theory: Fact-free Science or Business Tool?

Complexity theory is at the forefront of science and math. It is being used to map biological events and forecast earthquakes. Can it be useful in manufacturing? The answer is yes, but ...
January 1, 1998

Cost Modeling: A Foundation Purchasing Skill

At the heart of best practice in purchasing is a set of skills. One of the most important is the one that enables managers to understand what determines cost.