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Oct 02, 2012

Going to Bat for a VAT

At the NE Ohio Summit on the Revitalization of Manufacturers, several speakers say the U.S. should impose a value-added tax (VAT) as a way to help....More
Sep 21, 2012

Manufacturers: Are You a Bull or a Bear?

Manufacturing has been the darling of the economic recovery and the Obama administration has made no secret that it views the sector as key to....More
Aug 29, 2012

Trade Deficits: Contrasting Tales from the US and China

The U.S. trade deficit in manufacturing goods continued to rise during the first half of 2012, while the Chinese trade surplus in manufactures soared....More
Aug 20, 2012

How China Views the US Manufacturing Renaissance

A China Daily writer takes heed of U.S. efforts to promote advanced manufacturing and calls for China to shift its manufacturing strategy....More
Aug 16, 2012

Should There Be Block Grants for Manufacturing?

Manufacturing is a classic case of a "yes but" success story. The sector has been a bright spot in a modest recovery, with some 500,000....More
Aug 01, 2012

Manufacturing: Stalled and Uncertain

Today's Institute for Supply Managment PMI survey has economists worrying that the manufacturing sector, one of the bright lights in a tepid....More
Aug 01, 2012

Eurozone Manufacturing Survey Shows Deepening Recession

European Olympic athletes may be scaling new heights but their manufacturing counterparts are finishing out of the medals. The Markit Eurozone....More
Jul 24, 2012

Chemical Activity Barometer Unchanged for July

The Chemical Activity Barometer, a leading macroeconomic indicator launched last month, was flat in July at 88.5. CAB data had been declining for the....More
Jul 17, 2012

Is Manufacturing Manufacturing's Best Customer?

Looking at the Federal Reserve Board's report that industrial production increased 0.4% in June, you have the immediate impression that....More
Jun 26, 2012

For Those Who Have Had a REALLY Good Year

Most of the manufacturers I've met are fairly modest in their tastes, but just in case Google bought your firm recently and you've got a....More
Jun 25, 2012

Promoting Products Made in America

Are you manufacturing, or do you have an invention ready to be manufactured, in the United States? If so, you might want to take advantage of the....More
Jun 02, 2012

May Jobs: How Many Ways Can You Say Disappointing?

Today's May jobs report from BLS brought a chorus of handwringing and, depending on your ideological persuasion, calls for various remedies for the....More
May 23, 2012

Why Manufacturers Are on the Move

More than four out of 10 manufacturers say they expect to move operations in 2012 and 2013, according to a new survey from Accenture. That follows a....More
May 15, 2012

Why the Economy Needs Churn

Healthy economies exhibit plenty of churn or labor market turnover. Employees leave companies in large numbers and (hopefully) join or start other....More
Apr 26, 2012

Is Manufacturing Starting to Feel the Pain?

Yesterday's 4.2% drop in durable goods orders was "alarming," says Cliff Waldman, senior economist for the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity....More
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This would be valid if only colleagues could interact. I have seen many workplaces in large organizations where only management can interact. All infomation must flow through managers. To make it worse the work layout does not support interactions. ... If you want the benefits of co-location you have to have the right management structure and the right physical structure!!!

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