How Emerson Rebounded from a Bad Loss

Emerson Electric was humming along in the early 1980s when it got a jolt of reality: Suddenly, it was losing valuable business to global competitors. An excerpt from the new book Performance Without Compromise.

Profiting from spare parts

New competitive threats mean that manufacturers can no longer take their sales of aftermarket parts for granted.

World Class Manufacturing: The Lessons of Simplicity Applied

In World Class Manufacturing, Schonberger tells the success stories of nearly 100 American corporations — including Hewlett-Packard, Harley-Davidson, General Motors, Honeywell, and Uniroyal — that have adopted the famed just-in-time production and “total quality control” strategies. Based on his firsthand experience as a major consultant to American industry, he examines how they did it — and illustrates how the same concrete, specific steps used by … [ Read more ]

Flextronics: Staying Real in a Virtual World

By getting lean, vertical, and global, a Singaporean contract manufacturer became the biggest tech company you’ve never heard of.

New Rules For Team Building

New research disproves some long-held assumptions about what works best when it comes to teamwork.

A Global Think Tank Targets the Factory

Can hundreds of research teams working together rewrite the way we manufacture? [A look at the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) – program]