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Packaging: Meeting the Environmental Challenge

Packaging is the ultimate symbol of the 20th century's consumer culture. It protects what we buy and raises our standard of living. In developing countries, 30 to 50 percent of food shipments are spoiled because of inadequate packaging and distribution systems. In developed countries with more...

Third-Generation R&D Management

In the decades ahead, competition will grow increasingly international and will focus increasingly on technological strengths. Financial and physical resources, work skills, and technology are highly mobile. The firms that succeed in global competition will be those that employ technology to...

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...

The Inevitability of Managed Trade

Pose the question to any audience, "How many here favor free trade and how many support protectionism or managed trade?" Inevitably, an overwhelming majority of hands are raised for free trade.

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...

Toward Effective Supplier Management: International Comparisons

The purchasing function is acquiring high priority in the eyes of senior management for a number of reasons. First, increasingly global strategies for marketing and manufacturing require equally global approaches to sourcing. The skills and knowledge required for effective worldwide sourcing are...

Industry/Government Partnering: Toward a New Industrial Policy?

Confronted with an increasingly competitive business environment at both national and international levels, corporations of all sizes are finding collaboration, teaming, and partnering more and more important, both tactically and strategically. Corporations increasingly recognize that the larger-...

Viewpoint The Other Germany: An Open Door to Europe and Beyond

"With German unification apparently imminent, there is a danger that Americans will adopt a passive attitude towards commercial relations with the German Democratic Republic (GDR). European and Japanese firms, however, are not waiting for unification, but are moving quickly and decisively to take...

How the Japanese Manage Risk

Americans hear so much about Japan as the success story of the international economy, they sometimes forget that the Japanese have economic problems of their own. Japan has its declining industries such as steel and its low-wage competitors such as South Korea and Taiwan. And in an era of fast-...