Innovation ... and Gen Y

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First up, I'm a bit surprised by the results of our current online poll, which asks: "What is U.S. manufacturing's biggest competitive advantage?" (If you haven't cast your vote already, please do!)

As of today, innovation was the No. 1 choice of respondents, garnering 29% of the votes.

Workforce was No. 2, with 21% of the votes, followed by quality with 18%.

Why do I say I'm surprised?

Well, it's not that I'm ignorant of America's rich history of technological and industrial innovation. It's just that lately I've been hearing a lot about how the United States has lost its edge in innovation -- or at least is in danger of losing its edge to countries such as China.

It's good to see that people still believe innovation is a key strength of U.S. manufacturing.

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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!!!

on Feb. 26, 2013
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