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From Manufacturing to Design - and Back Again

Until recently, manufacturers generally assumed that design should precede manufacturing in priority and prestige as well as in time. Today, however, there is growing recognition that design and manufacturing really are interdependent activities that work best when they maintain a continuous...

Measuring Learning: Assessing and Valuing Progress

Say you've just been appointed the CKO – Chief Knowledge Officer – of your organization. You are responsible for managing the company's knowledge capital, including how it is created, maintained, and used. You understand the principles of learning organizations and believe that effective learning...

Creating Business Results Through Team Learning

As of 1993, Sigma Tech (a fictional name) was one of the most successful small corporations in the United States. The company's business was both humanitarian and highly profitable, and its workforce was committed to the company's vision and values. Many Sigma Tech employees also had a significant...

Creating a Learning Organisation

Managers of leading organisations know that the ability to change in response to changing conditions is a matter of not only competitive edge but survival. Yet most recent change efforts designed to keep organisations competitive – downsizing, restructuring, reengineering, even employee empowerment...

Viewpoint The Development of the Turbo-Encabulator

For a number of years now, work has been proceeding in order to bring perfection to the crudely conceived idea of a machine that would not only supply inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors, but would also be capable of automatically synchronizing cardinal grammeters. Such...

Remediation Management: Improving Performance and Getting...

Remediation programs have historically given companies little satisfaction while costing them millions. Leading companies today, however, are finding ways to gain increased control over their remediation programs and greater value from their expenditures. These programs go beyond the largely...

Minimalist Manufacturing: Doing More, Better, with Less

Consider the 21st century factory. The product, whatever it is, is flawless, "zero defect" in today's manufacturing parlance. Material process flows are uninterrupted. Minuscule inventories, managed in an automated manner, buffer process stages.

Risk Management: The Path to Excellence

For executives who manage risk, ensuring that appropriate standards and practices are maintained and refreshed throughout far–flung, diverse operations has never been easy. In the early 1990s, it got a lot tougher. External pressures and requirements for more detailed, documented risk management...

Viewpoint The CEO Balancing Act: Prospering in the New...

Today, we live and work in a global economy in which companies routinely cross national boundaries to compete for markets and customers; a highly flexible economy in which companies take themselves apart and put themselves back together in new configurations; a virtual economy in which companies...

Shifting Paradigms, New Challenges: Technology and...

In 1995 Arthur D. Little sponsored two Best–of–the–Best colloquia on technology and innovation management, one in North America and one in Europe. The companies nominated and selected by their peers as "Best of the Best" in the field represent a wide range of industries and face very different...