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A Smart Manufacturing Summit Roundup

Chief Executive’s Smart Manufacturing Summit is in full swing in Peoria, Ill., home to Caterpillar Inc.’s global headquarters. Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman opened the two-day event this morning. Trending right now: Tours of the Caterpillar facility are underway.

Lynn Russo Whylly Manufacturing May 21 2014

Healthcare is a Top Challenge but CEOs Are Committed

After years of absorbing double-digit price increases with declining benefits, mid-market companies now expect increased healthcare investments to yield positive returns on investment.

ChiefExecutive.net HR/Employee Strategies , Mid-Market Report May 21 2014

10 Principles for Finding the Right CEO

People set strategy. Directors and executives who know where the company should be going will be best equipped to get it there.

Ram Charan, Dennis Carey and Michael Useem Boards of Directors , HR/Employee Strategies , Succession Planning May 17 2014

Onshoring vs. Offshoring: Service/Support Businesses Are Coming Back Home

Word has been spreading in the last few months that offshoring may no longer be the best option and that the United States is increasingly becoming more competitive for everything from manufacturing to IT to customer service. How should a CEO decide whether offshoring or onshoring is best for his or her firm?

John A. Meyer Global Business , Operations , Outsourcing May 16 2014

Auto Manufacturing Redraws its Map

Every time a site consultant or state economic-development official turns around, some automaker or large supplier is expanding a plant, ordering tooling for a promising future model, domesticating production that occurred offshore or even plotting a whole new facility. It’s happening across America’s increasingly prosperous auto belt.

Dale Buss Best & Worst States , Manufacturing May 8 2014

Improving Worker Productivity Through Job Ownership

Most workers have no interest in changing the world. Most don’t even like their jobs. Increasing employees’ job engagement pays high dividends, so how do you motivate the disenchanted on your team to join the job ownership ranks? Through communication, motivation and reward.

Laura Stack HR/Employee Strategies April 16 2014

Five Rules How CEOs Can Redefine Winning with Strategic Suppliers

The University of Tennessee set out to research some of the world’s most successful strategic partnerships—including those at P&G, McDonald’s and Microsoft—to see how and why these relationships added value. The research identified five principles that CEOs everywhere can use to transform supplier relationships.

Kate Vitasek CEO Briefing Newsletter , Operations , Supply Chain/Logistics April 6 2014

Facing the Seven Biggest Challenges in Manufacturing

It’s no secret that American manufacturing has faced a number of significant obstacles. People say the industry is known for low wages, subpar working condition, and continual quality control issues, none of which help attract new workers — but are those actually the biggest challenges facing manufacturing right now?

Tom Bonine Manufacturing , Manufacturing Newsletter , Operations , Talent Management April 1 2014

Inexpensive natural gas will boost manufacturing growth in the U.S.

A new report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors details the impact the energy sector has had on manufacturing in the nation’s metropolitan areas since 2010, and shows how the new availability of inexpensive natural gas has ignited manufacturing industries and chemicals. Manufacturing CEOs are at the sharp end of the spear in reviving the country’s economic fortune.

ChiefExecutive.net Manufacturing Newsletter , Operations April 1 2014

Could a ‘Breathing’ Battery Power the Next Generation of Electric Cars?

Battery technology is at the heart of the future of electric vehicles because range is still a limiting factor. Michael Bernstein of the American Chemical Society reports on recent research on the latest advances that could render not only a significant boost for electric vehicles, but other sectors that benefit from extended battery life.

ChiefExecutive.net Manufacturing Newsletter , Operations , Technology April 1 2014

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