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Conflict Minerals Are Creating Compliance Challenges

If you are one of 6,000 U.S. CEOs whose company uses raw minerals in your products, it’s time to comply with the Dodd-Frank Act.

Dale Buss Global Business , Governance , Manufacturing July 7 2014

New Data Helps Manufacturers Determine Where to Expand

The 2014 Manufacturing and Logistic Report gave Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Oregon and South Carolina an “A” for manufacturing health, while five states received Fs and 10 received Ds.

Lynn Russo Whylly Manufacturing July 7 2014

Manufacturing Is on the Rise Across 15 Sectors

The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM’s) New Orders Subindex rose slightly—from 56.9 in May to 58.9 in June. The increase was subtle on a month-over-month basis, but of more significance, it was the highest reading since December.

Lynn Russo Whylly Manufacturing July 7 2014

Should Other CEOs Follow Tesla’s Musk and Open Their Patents?

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, has shaken up the auto industry again, this time by announcing that Tesla Motors will let other companies use its patents. The move has other CEOs wondering if this a strategy they would benefit from.

Dale Buss Manufacturing July 7 2014

The Implications of the Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” Decision on Businesses

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the “Hobby Lobby” case has several implications for businesses that are just beginning to unfold, including one that affects the bottom line.

Dale Buss HR/Employee Strategies July 3 2014

The Future of Manufacturing Is a Journey, Not a Destination, SMS Speakers Say

The concept of a never-ending journey, rather than an endpoint, serves as a powerful mantra for the U.S. manufacturing sector’s comeback.

Jennifer Pellet Manufacturing July 3 2014

What Smart Manufacturing Means to Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman

Excerpts from J.P. Donlon’s Interview With Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman at the Smart Manufacturing Summit

Jennifer Pellet Manufacturing July 2 2014

How to Reignite Financial Performance by Empowering Your Employees

You’re halfway through the year and the company’s financial performance is below plan. You need to act! The most common response is to cut costs to improve the bottom line and/or fire or reassign a senior executive to create a sense of urgency. These actions create disruption and distraction at a time when the organization needs to be aligned and focused. There’s another approach.

Brian S. Cohen HR/Employee Strategies , Leadership , Strategy June 26 2014

How to Ensure Your Reshoring Project Won’t Fail

This is the kind of project that, done successfully, can add to the legacy a CEO leaves his company. Unfortunately, not all reshoring, onshoring and nearshoring projects are a success.

Rosemary Coates Global Business , Manufacturing , Nearshoring June 12 2014

Making the Business Case for the Offshoring Business Model

There is a lot of talk these days about the benefits of moving back to onshoring and nearshoring. But that doesn’t mean offshoring should be abandoned altogether. Many CEOs continue to benefit from moving production of goods sold in America to Asia or another low-cost region.

Dale Buss Manufacturing , Outsourcing June 5 2014

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