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Good change 

Good change

Just as in the auto industry, one of the biggest problems holding back healthcare systems is a lack of respect for workers, evidenced in part by the lack of staff engagement and continuous improvement in the U.S. and similar countries. This article looks at how the application of kaizen can turn attitudes around.
By Mark Graban 

Strategic driver or unimportant commodity? 

Strategic driver or unimportant commodity?

In 2003, Nicholas Carr published an article in which he claimed that information technology had become a commodity and, therefore, had lost its ability to influence strategy in a positive way. The IT community reacted with arguments about how IT could be a strategic influence. But CEOs used the article as a rationale for restricting IT budgets. This article explores how managers can determine whether to invest in IT for strategic benefits.
By Alejandro Cataldo and Robert McQueen 

20/20 foresight 

20/20 foresight

Research on organizational development and change management has identified 16 organizational catalysts that influence an enterprise’s ability to adapt to the major changes usually associated with strategic planning. Corporations that lack a number of these catalysts likely will not be able to complete or sustain major improvement initiatives. That’s where the 20/20 survey comes in.
By Joseph Haefner 

Heavy metal capacity 

Heavy metal capacity

Sheet metal processes are a common feature in manufacturing. Much of the time, improvements must come with some cost, such as capital expenditures for new equipment. But the beauty of lean manufacturing is that engineers, managers and front-line employees can work together to drive improvements that don’t require massive funding, not to mention the time and cost of training an entire workforce on new equipment.
By Raj Sanne 

Pulling the market in 2014 

Pulling the market in 2014

For moving material inside the plant or distribution center, the industrial equipment and machinery sectors are ripe for growth in 2014. As the world economy continues advancing out of the Great Recession, material handling robotic industrial trucks with vision-guided technology are poised to replace highly automated vehicles.
By Thomas R. Cutler 




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