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Manufacturing Leaders Announce New 'Critical Issues' Agenda

Posted by Paul Tate on July 29, 2014

Leadership.jpgFrost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council, the global business network for senior industrial executives, has established a new Critical Issues Agenda for manufacturing for 2014/2015.

The Council has focused the new Agenda around six critical issues, with strong emphasis on new product innovation and collaborative customer-centric cultures; key transformative technologies including Big Data and analytics, the Internet of Things and digital manufacturing; the need for new approaches to employee engagement to attract and develop the next generation of manufacturing leaders; harnessing the potential of public/private partnerships to drive innovation and growth; and the rising importance of sustainability and social responsibility practices to the industry’s future.

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