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Does Your Company Outsource Too Much (like GE)?

“In some areas we have outsourced too much,” General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt acknowledged in a speech as he announced plans to open a new manufacturing research center outside Detroit that will create more than 1,000 jobs. Sometime after Immelt made his remarks, Boeing acquired a South Carolina factory from one of its key suppliers, Vought Aircraft Industries. Bringing the ...

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So, You Want to be a Multinational?

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Global expansion comes with global risk. As more and more firms expand their supply chains into high-risk emerging markets – often using networks of vendors and agents to rapidly put boots on the ground in these regions – they are increasingly exposed to the kinds of fraud risks that can sink their global aspirations.

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The Payback Potential of Power

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Most CEOs know the exact cost of their IT or healthcare spending, yet most don’t know the costs associated with their energy use. For many companies, particularly manufacturing firms, this energy expenditure is larger than healthcare or IT costs and growing faster. Perhaps most importantly, it’s a cost businesses can often reduce by 30 percent or more through active energy ...

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Ensuring Product Integrity and Trust in Your Supply Chain

Although manufacturers may not have a legal duty to police their distributors for counterfeit products, they have an economic interest in doing so. But for now, the best protection consumers have against falling victim to counterfeit trade is the ensure, to the best of their ability, that all of their purchases are made through manufacturer-authorized channels.

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VIDEO: Ford’s Alan Mulally on Gov’t Regulations for Businesses

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Chief Executive magazine's CEO of the Year, Ford Motor's Alan Mulally, serves on President Obama’s export council, specifically leading the manufacturing section. In this video, Mulally discusses Ford’s involvement in formulating government regulations, the importance of a business – government relationship, corporate tax rates, and how to bring America back to the top in manufacturing (something he knows more than a little about).

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How Dow Corning Beat Commoditization By Embracing It

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In the early 2000s, Dow Corning recognized that silicone was starting to become a commodity and that they needed to rethink their business strategy. The company's new business model was a complete shift from where they had found success in the past, but it was a shift that created a brand new market and customer base for the manufacturer.

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Why U.S. Telecom Companies Need to Get Out of the Pipeline Business

The U.S. telecom landscape is shifting quickly and companies rethinking their traditional business models. No longer are service providers known positively for their infrastructure (AT&T is blamed when there's a dropped call on a beloved iPhone), but rather phone companies are praised for their products. To solve these problems, the U.S. should look to India.

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