To be world class requires an overall willingness to establish closer connections with everyone from customers and suppliers to workers, an unwavering commitment to self-analysis and improvement, and an aggressive approach to technologies that can...
The road to process excellence and market success -- and wisdom -- is paved with failure.
Big Blue dips in its toe -- gets burned but creates more jobs in the process.
It's more than just contracting with lower-labor cost offshore suppliers. Pay attention to hidden costs. And after optimizing your production processes, ask whether offshoring still makes sense.
Forget everything you think you know about lean manufacturing. Just-in-time production, kanban cards, 5S, and standardized work -- those are all just tools. It's time for the younger crop of U.S. manufacturing leaders to take lean to the next level.
Many [U.S. manufacturers] are so worried about competing on cost, their greatest weakness, that they are failing to compete on innovation, their greatest strength.