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Feb 11, 2011

The Efficiency Delusion

As businesspeople, we are told that we can be increasingly "lean" and "efficient" and- at the same time- continuously deliver "customer value" to the....More
Feb 05, 2011

A Replay of the 2008 Crisis?

In the hype-driven, 24/7 news cycle of our time, 36 months ago could as well be 36 years. We might forget that in early 2008, food and oil prices....More
Jan 30, 2011

Americans Say China Now World's Largest Economy

China now has the world's biggest economy, at least according to 47% of the U.S. adult population. In a Pew Research survey earlier this month,....More
Jan 24, 2011

The GE Way: The Best We Can Do?

President Obama’s declaration at General Electric headquarters last week that America is going to once again “build and invent stuff…like Thomas....More
Jan 19, 2011

The Myth of China's Rise and America's Fall

The visit this week of the Chinese Premiere to Washington is putting the U.S. / China relationship front and center. Media reports will state that....More
Jan 12, 2011

Naked X-Ray Machines and Pancakes

If you have flown lately, you possibly passed through one of the new "naked x-ray machines". This measure is in response to the Christmas Day plot of....More
Jan 10, 2011

Robots Save and Create Mfg Jobs

The conventional wisdom holds that robots ultimately cost the jobs of the human beings they replace, and lead to an overall decline in manufacturing....More
Jan 01, 2011

$5 a gallon gas! $9 a gallon water?

The former CEO of Shell turned some heads recently when he predicted that gas would be over $5 a gallon by 2012. Many analysts have predicted that $4....More
Dec 19, 2010

The Joy of Waiting in Line

As a regular traveler, I find myself standing in a lot of lines- or queues- as the rest of the world calls them. When I was a younger man, I would....More
Dec 11, 2010

Innovation in China

Human progress most often stems from dissatisfaction; when individuals or groups of people decide to challenge the status quo. When a series of....More
Dec 04, 2010

An Independent Christmas

Deep down, we all know that "buying American" makes a far greater impact on the economy than the purchase of foreign-made goods. Equally important is....More
Nov 28, 2010

The Power of American Things

Sometime during 2011, we will see China pass the U.S. as the world’s leading manufacturer. This will be touted as the end to a 110-year streak of....More
Nov 13, 2010

Airport Security is Killing Us!

The most recent round of al-qaeda attacks using bombs disguised as toner cartridges reminds us that the frontline of the fight with global terrorists....More
Nov 11, 2010

Wal-Mart Getting Stronger - Again

In a move to further strengthen its grip on much of the American consumer market- and the global economy- Wal-Mart has announced that it will now....More
Nov 10, 2010

Just How Big Are India and China?

Traveling to the world's two most populous countries can be an unforgettable experience. The scope and magnitude of the sheer humanity there can....More
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