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Integrated Design and Manufacturing in Japan

In 1991 I spent four months in Japan visiting companies to study how they use computers in the design of their products. My goals were to determine the outlines of the product development process; to find out what computer tools are in use and where they come from; to learn how the needs of...

Aligning People and Processes During Business-Focused...

British Petroleum Exploration (BPX) is the upstream exploration and production business of The BP Group p.l.c., the world's third-largest integrated oil company. Since 1990 BPX has been engaged in a process of fundamental change that has already yielded significant improvements in performance. For...

Viewpoint Achieving Extraordinary Customer Satisfaction:...

Rover Group is currently the largest UK-based automobile manufacturer. Its products have included many famous brands, such as Austin, Morris, Triumph, MG, Jaguar, Leyland trucks, Land Rover, and the Rover brand itself. In the early 1970s, the company was effectively owned by the British Government...

Rethinking the Organisational Architecture

Getting the organisation right is an issue likely to preoccupy executives throughout the 1990s. This is a difficult time to work in, manage, or change a corporation. Although downsizing and restructuring have become widespread, their purpose has usually been merely to chip away at old structures...

Core-Technology-Based Management: The Next Japanese...

Intensifying competition - driven in part by the worldwide economic slowdown - is forcing Japanese companies to abandon their "copycat" or "me-too" strategies and adopt new Western-style strategies based on proprietary technologies. In the past, Japanese competitive advantage arose from superb...

Viewpoint Discontinuous Improvement: Five Catapulting Ideas

National and regional economies, like individual enterprises, cannot maintain positions of leadership by conducting business as usual. Nor can they, once they've slipped, regain leadership by imitating the current leader. Imitators seldom if ever catch up to those they imitate. While they are busy...

Getting a Return on Your Information Technology Investment

One of the most vexing challenges senior executives face is getting an attractive return on their information technology investments. They already recognize that information technology can fundamentally change their businesses - redefining their economic structures, product values, and customer/...

Six Imperatives for Excellence in Environmental Management

In managing for the environment, no company, however accomplished, can afford to rest on its laurels. The solid progress achieved over the past decade – in the development of clean technologies, sophisticated resource recovery systems, innovative environmental management systems, risk management...

The Coming Revolution in Manufacturing

New manufacturing technologies - exemplified by responsive design, moldless forming, and prototype simulation - will revolutionize the ways products are manufactured and marketed, permitting and indeed requiring the substitution of know-how for capital. Old notions of economies of scale will be...

An Eye on Disclosure: The EC's Eco-Management and...

"... Whereas the provision of information to the public, by companies, on the environmental aspects of their activities is an essential element of good environmental management and a response to the growing interest of the public in information on this subject..."Official Journal of the European...