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Managing Interfaces: A Key to Rapid Product and Service...

Today, innovation contributes as much to protecting profits as cost containment. Indeed, many companies risk corporate failure unless they produce the right products or services at the right time. To keep up with their innovative competitors, both manufacturing and service industries recognize the...

Japanese Businesses at a Crossroads

In the 1990s, Japanese businesses are being challenged to revise their fundamental approaches to doing business, both domestically and internationally. The practices that are being called into question include both export policies and exclusionary business practices, as well as deeper cultural...

Viewpoint Evolving the Strategy at Ford

Of the more than 40 years I have spent with Ford Motor Company all over the world, the last 10 have been the most exciting. The decade of the 1980s brought a massive cultural change at Ford. Our quality strategy steadily evolved from an early emphasis on reducing "things gone wrong" to the...

The Vision of the Integrated Enterprise

The time is the mid-1990s. After a long business dinner with your field service managers, you are crawling down the interstate highway (traffic hasn't improved over the past five years!). Your car phone rings and its display shows that one of your company's most important customers in Japan is on...

How Japanese Multinationals Work So Well

The Japanese multinational gains its efficiency and effectiveness through a management system superbly well equipped to handle complex coordination. Where the manufacturing processes are complex, where customers are fickle, and where technical innovations are continuously changing, Japanese...

The New Environmental Stewardship

Heads of corporations have long been fluent in the languages of competition, finance, shareholder value, and - more recently - manufacturing strategies and global information networks. But for many, environmental management was an issue to be looked after elsewhere in the organisation.

Japan's Changing Management Style

In response to the rapidly changing world markets in which they compete, Japanese firms are facing the need for significant changes in the way they manage themselves. While some changes are already under way, more drastic changes may be expected. Specifically, Japanese firms are moving toward a...

Telecommunications: Fueling Asia Pacific Growth?

If information is the oxygen of modern economic development, then telecommunications provides the essential circulatory system. A health check on the state of Asia Pacific telecommunications today would reveal both bad news and good news.

Academic/Industry Liaisons

It has been 37 years since Watson and Crick unraveled the genetic mysteries and catapulted molecular biology into the forefront of laboratory sciences. Events in the academic laboratories since then have been nothing short of revolutionary. We have progressed in our fundamental understanding of the...

Proprietary Technology: The Next Challenge for the NICs

The future economic success of the Asia Pacific region is predicated on developing and sustaining a successful manufacturing sector. This must include not only primary processing and secondary manufacturing, in which the region has considerable experience, but the development of proprietary...