More Manufacturing
  • December 15, 2009

    A School for Displaced Workers

    by William J. Holstein
    With industries contracting and jobless rates among manufacturing workers skyrocketing, community colleges have become the new home of retraining programs.
  • August 27, 2009

    What Happened at GM

    by David K. Hurst
    A review of Why GM Matters, by William J. Holstein.
  • July 28, 2009

    Revving the Growth Engine

    by Vikas Sehgal, Matthew Ericksen, and Ganesh Panneer
    India’s burgeoning middle class is fueling automobile sales, though most consumers still choose two-wheel vehicles — at least for now.
  • July 14, 2009

    Debugging the Supply Chain

    by Keith Buckley and George Appling
    Ten-year-old Cricket Communications found that even the oft overlooked supply chain can be a lucrative target for innovation.
  • July 2, 2009

    In Search of the Ideal Supply Chain

    By weighing the advantages of pricing discounts against the costs of a supplier failure, companies can determine how many suppliers they need.
  • May 26, 2009

    Reframing Your Business Equation

    by Tim Laseter and M. Eric Johnson
    Companies and industries are often driven by implicit formulas. Questioning their validity can lead to breakthroughs.
  • April 7, 2009

    Convincing Consumers to Spend Again

    by William J. Holstein
    In a brutal sales environment, retailers and manufacturers, led by the auto industry, are finding that smarter marketing — not better products — may be the best way to a customer’s heart.
  • March 24, 2009

    Global Partnerships Unplugged

    by Mike Cooke and Marc Johnson
    A survey finds that information technology is a neglected asset in joint ventures, leading to disturbing results.
  • March 17, 2009

    Betting on China

    by Ronald Haddock and Brenda Lei Foster
    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

    by Vikas Sehgal, Robert Reppa, and Kazutoshi Tominaga
    Faced with plummeting demand, automakers should make vehicles with features that match customer preferences.