Choosing conflict resolution by culture 

Choosing conflict resolution by culture

In the age of globalization, conflict resolution often can involve a clash of cultures. Research has shown that differing cultures solve disagreements through a variety of approaches. Expatriate managers and those working with a diverse workforce would do well to learn how their employees view the many ways conflicts get resolved, according to this article from the September/October 2013 issue of Industrial Management.

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Body of work 

This article from Northeastern University highlights the work of Sandra Shefelbine, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, who studies the mechanics of bones and how they develop over a lifetime.

Lab to provide Purdue entrepreneurs space to refine concepts, build prototypes

Lab to provide Purdue entrepreneurs space to refine concepts, build prototypes 

Purdue University will open its Artisan and Fabrication Lab Oct. 23 so that more faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs can use the space to build prototypes of their products, according to the university.


Strategically simulating proper distribution

Figuring out how to get products or services to their endpoints is at the heart of everything for a business that wants to continue operating, according to this article from the July/August 2013 issue of Industrial Management. While the owner of a small, retail store seems to have it easy, things become more complex as organizations grow larger. But integrating simulation into supply chain management issues can simplify the decision making process, particularly in developing countries where cost strategies often are the best option.

MarketWatch: Best U.S. cities for high-tech jobs

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Brookings Institution recently released a report that reviews the concentration of STEM jobs by metropolitan area. This gallery features the top 10 U.S. cities where such jobs are often found in health care, computers and manufacturing.

Tipping point for involuntary turnover

An uncertain economy and high unemployment might make organizations complacent about their current managerial staff. But enterprises everywhere are looking for good managers. To keep them from poaching yours, take steps to ameliorate the top 10 tipping points that could drive your high-performing employees into the arms of competitors. Read more in this story from the May/June 2013 issue of Industrial Management.

Mexico manufacturing looks to gain competitive edge on China

This June 28 article from The Wall Street Journal reports that manufacturing in Mexico is gaining steam against China. According to a new report, Mexican factory wages are estimated to be nearly 30 percent lower than China’s by 2015, when adjusted for productivity differences. Mexico already last year became a less expensive place than China to make some products, according to the report, and about two-thirds of Mexico’s exports currently go to the U.S.

Applying a little reason to your projects

A reason-based approach to business procedures protects the organization from burying benefits under a mountain of paper and stewards its assets by avoiding unacceptable risks, according to this article from the March/April 2013 issue of Industrial Management. Thinking about the appropriate level of process adoption for the desired project outcomes can create a middle path that is superior to following a rigid and generalized set of procedures.

Forensics lab goes lean to jump start productivity 

According to Government Technology, forensic biologists at the Monroe County Crime Laboratory in Rochester, N.Y., have increased the number of final reports they’ve issued by 200 percent, thanks in part to a lean management system.

System allows multitasking runners to read on a treadmill 

A new innovation called ReadingMate allows treadmill users to work their bodies and brains at the same time, according to researchers at Purdue University.

Improving emotional intelligence

Most people are familiar with the old IQ tests that measure a person’s intelligence quotient. But these days, scholars and practitioners are paying additional attention to how a person’s emotional intelligence affects performance. Luckily, organizations have many options to increase their workforce’s emotional intelligence, according to this article from the January/February 2013 issue Industrial Management. Robot makers spread global gospel of automation

Members of the robot equipment industry, including an expert from Georgia Tech, say that increased automation will add millions of jobs instead of making them obsolete, according to this Jan. 23, 2013, article from The New York Times.

Ed Whitacre talks GM turnaround on 'The Daily Show'

Industrial engineer and former General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre talks to Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" about his new book, American Turnaround, as well as how he led the business and operations turnaround at GM.

Three prongs to manage meetings

Some meetings are necessary, according to this article from the November/December 2012 issue of Industrial Management. However, by following a checklist of things to accomplish before, during and after the meeting, you can shorten their timeframe and even eliminate unnecessary gatherings.

Is Google moving into logistics and cargo security? reports Google has been granted a patent for securing, monitoring and tracking cargo shipping containers, opening the door for the company's tablet and smartphone devices to support a potential Android-based mobile enterprise service.

Your system of systems

Applying a system of systems engineering (SoSE) process to develop a generic system for technology implementation will yield a model for future IT deployments that realize the benefits promised by the applications, according to this article from the October 2012 issue of Industrial Engineer.

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