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May 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 5

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Correcting for the future 

Correcting for the future

The crucial importance of managing business turnaround is underscored by the recent global financial crisis, regarded by some economists as the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Liquidity shortfalls in banking systems around the world triggered substantial contractions in credit and international trade. For many companies, this translated to weak product demand and a cash crisis. This article may serve as a roadmap to answering the critical questions that arise in every turnaround situation.
By William W. Lawrence

Averting healthcare network catastrophe 

Averting healthcare network catastrophe 

Mass casualty disasters, whether they are man-made (terrorist attacks) or natural calamities (earthquakes) affect not only a great number of people, they cause significant disruptions in the hour-by-hour operations of critical infrastructures such as hospitals, fire stations, police stations and ambulances. Although some infrastructures usually have plans for such events, the public at large generally is not prepared to respond adequately when a catastrophe hits.
By Maria T. Bull and Serge N. Sala-Diakanda

Streamlining waste 

Streamlining waste 

The value stream mapping tool is an ideal lean manufacturing tool for helping organizations identify waste, determine improvements that can reduce overall cycle time, improve product quality, perform better inventory control and achieve better overall operational control. This article shows how a large cable manufacturing company benefitted from this approach.
By Zeynep Ocak

Graduate finances 

Graduate finances 

Before graduation, my students had been exposed to a great deal of information on resumes, networking and interviewing skills – but almost nothing on personal finances. May is prime time for industrial engineering graduates to start bringing their analytical education to the real world. It would behoove them to apply those research skills to learning about the financial and benefits decisions they will make in the near future.
By Kevin Drevik

The good, the bad and the quality 

The good, the bad and the quality 

An industrial engineering student might be surprised by how much he could learn from a country crooner, a rapping swordsman and a “gangsta” geisha. Two college friends from Cookeville, Tenn., have put a new spin on Six Sigma instruction. Brett Scudder, a mechanical engineer with Cummins Filtration, and Chris McMichael, a former geotechnical engineer, have written, produced and marketed a video that incorporates country music, rap, classic film and Japanese terminology. The video has been building an audience on the Internet. Go behind the scenes in this article.
By David Brandt

Big IT for small companies 

Big IT for small companies 

It's been well-documented that small businesses have difficulty applying IT in its operations. Researchers have placed a greater emphasis on larger enterprises, so it is clear that more tools are needed to help small and medium organizations optimize their use of IT. We developed a quick-scan method that helps a consultant or IT expert analyze the role of IT in a smaller enterprise and develop recommendations for improving its use. The test application described in this article shows how each step of this new method is executed.
By Alejandro J. Cataldo, Robert J. McQueen and Marcos Sepulveda



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