As businesses look toward 2012, many are developing ambitious plans in order to achieve their growth and profit goals. In conversations with many organizations, I hear of four themes that are included in many of these plans. First, while globalization has been going on for quite a few years, many firms are planning to elevate activity levels. They know that most of the growth in their markets will take place in countries like China and India.
Where do your moral standards and ethics sit when the whole world is watching? As technology exponentially advances on a daily basis we are becoming increasingly interconnected. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, or any of the various social applications, the world is at our fingertips, and everybody else’s, as we often seem to forget. The real question here is: where do we draw the line? Or can we?
Not all American manufacturers are off-shoring or closing down, and with the holiday gift-buying getting more frenzied, we ought to keep them in mind.
How do we teach creativity? How do companies equip their design professionals and encourage creative collaboration with each other and their customer?
Something tells me the motivation behind fighting these patent battles isn’t to protect the ability to offer the best product at the most reasonable price.
The losers in the ongoing policy of financing trade deficits are small and midsize American manufacturers, manufacturing workers, taxpayers, and environmentalists.
Is Starbuck's "Create Jobs for USA" campaign an honest attempt to sell more American-made products, or just a bunch of hot air?
Funding for oil cleanup is like a perpetual band-aid, especially when we could be pushing for proper containment and reduced consumption.
We’ve rolled out a new design and embedded a new content management system that will preserve our standing as the leading site for manufacturing information.
Manufacturers, especially those reaching a consumer market, sometimes run the risk of being held hostage by something as insignificant as a haircut.
We do the best we can to portray ourselves in the most flattering light, but we need to be cautious of the immediacy of web marketing and social media.
Is it possible to completely disregard the fact that The International Monetary Fund estimates that “The Age of America” will come to its end in 2016?
The ability to sue is a cultural stopgap in a time when more individuals need to take more responsibility for their actions.
New Jersey began installing solar panels in residential neighborhoods across the state. Should ugly but socially good products trump an investment in product design?
Is a single documentary enough to encourage the entire natural gas industry to abandon fracking?
I can’t seem to avoid reading articles or seeing reports about companies who are being forced to raise prices because the cost of raw materials has increased.
We all become too comfortable with the way things work now, or the ways they used to work in the past. When we get comfortable, we get complacent.
I knew that supplier consolidation was becoming more prevalent in the manufacturing space, but I was not quite aware that there is sometimes pushback associated with it.
What do iPhones, catalytic converters, and glass polishers have in common? If you guessed the usage of rare earths in these products, then you’re correct.