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ML Council Explores Strategies for Accelerating Innovation and Supply Chain Performance at Flex Plant Tour

Last week, members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered in Milpitas, CA, to tour the campus of electronics manufacturing services company Flex (formerly Flextronics) and to learn from each other how to accelerate innovation and speed up their …
In a world of mobile access to ubiquitous e-commerce sites and free overnight shipping, consumers have come to expect practically unlimited product choice and nearly instant grati… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/ml-council-explores-strategies-accelerating-innovation-and-supply-chain-performance-flex-plant-tour/

Creating a Nexus for Collaborative Innovation

What if you could create a physical space where out-of-the-box thinkers from a variety of engineering- and design-related disciplines could easily collaborate and fail freely on the way to creating new things and ideas? That’s the concept behind New Lab,…
Popular Discussions What if you could create a physical space where out-of-the-box thinkers from a variety of engineering- and design-related disciplines could easily collaborat… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/creating-nexus-collaborative-innovation/

Summit Think Tanks Take Deep Dive into Key Manufacturing Issues and Technologies

Attend the exclusive series of Think Tanks at the 11th annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit, June 3-4, Carlsbad, CA, and join other leading senior executives to take a deep dive into the intricacies of vital industry trends.
Do you want to deepen your understanding of what a collaborative model of innovation can do for your company? Do you need to sharpen your company’s hiring policies to attract n… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/summit-think-tanks-take-deep-dive-key-manufacturing-issues-and-technologies/

Crowdsourcing Is Not the Best Route to Innovation

Open innovation works best if it’s closed. This was one of the seemingly paradoxical findings that emerged from the most recent gathering of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, a network of high-level executives who meet monthly to discuss best practice…
Open innovation works best if it’s closed. This was one of the seemingly paradoxical findings that emerged from the most recent gathering of the Manufacturing Leadership Cou… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/crowdsourcing-not-best-route-innovation/

Collaborative Tools Drive Enterprise Value Networks

While the key business drivers for success may not have altered significantly for the manufacturing sector over the past year, the intensity of change continues to increase. This growing intensity now demands new value-chain approaches that harness the la…
While the key business drivers for success may not have altered significantly for the manufacturing sector over the past year, the intensity of change continues to increase. This … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/collaborative-tools-drive-enterprise-value-networks/

Collaborative Innovation: Is it Sustainable?

How do you ensure that your company’s collaborative relationships work, and stay working for the future? It’s not easy. And it’s not just an issue that’s challenging manufacturers either. When IBM asked over 750 CEOs from multiple industries last year abo…
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/collaborative-innovation-it-sustainable/

Collaborative Innovation: Is it a game? Will it be?

It may sound like a youthful distraction at first, but the creation of virtual games to reflect real world business challenges is likely to take a significant step forward in the next few years – and innovation is among the top targets on the business gam…
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/collaborative-innovation-it-game-will-it-be/

Conflict Minerals- The “Perfect Storm” of CSR, Sustainability, Politics and Supply Chain Management- Part 1

Last week, it was widely reported that both Intel Corporations and Apple Computers had pulled the plug on sourcing of precious minerals typically used in the manufacturing of its high-tech products from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). These b…
Last week, it was widely reported that both Intel Corporations and Apple Computers had pulled the plug on sourcing of precious minerals typically used in the manufacturing of its … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/conflict-minerals-perfect-storm-csr-sustainability-politics-and-supply-chain-management-part-1/

Collaborative Innovation: How to Sustain the Momentum

On day one of this year's Manufacturing Leadership Summit (May 10), I'm looking forward to one of the roundtable Think Tank discussions that will focus on the notion of collaborative innovation.
On day one of this year's Manufacturing Leadership Summit (May 10), I'm looking forward to one of the roundtable Think Tank discussions that will focus on the notion of collaborat… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/collaborative-innovation-how-sustain-momentum/

Navigating Sustainable Supply Chain Management in China Takes a Keen Eye & Business Sense

2010 marked a watershed moment in supply chain sourcing among worldwide manufacturers and retailers. Sustainability observers and practitioners read nearly weekly announcements of yet another major manufacturer or retailer setting the bar for greener supp…
2010 marked a watershed moment in supply chain sourcing among worldwide manufacturers and retailers. Sustainability observers and practitioners read nearly weekly announcements of… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/navigating-sustainable-supply-chain-management-china-takes-keen-eye-business-sense/

Collaborative Innovation in Action

For all the talk about the value of collaborative innovation, the examples of manufacturing companies productively devoting themselves to this potentially game-changing paradigm are few. This week, however, I came across a collaborative innovation initia…
For all the talk about the value of collaborative innovation, the examples of manufacturing companies productively devoting themselves to this potentially game-changing parad… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/collaborative-innovation-action/

Collaborative Competition + Sustainability = The 21st Century Supply Chain Solution

Last week, I was honored to be the dinner keynote speaker at the European Petrochemical Associations 2nd Interactive Supply/Demand Chain Workshop in Brussels, Belgium. What a beautiful place, where cobblestones meet bullet trains- two completely differin…
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/collaborative-competition-sustainability-21st-century-supply/

Manufacturing Innovations You Should Know About

Smart manufacturing executives are always searching for a breakthrough product idea or a novel management theory that can put their company ahead of the pack or harness the energies of their workforce in a more effective manner. Apple’s iPad certainly emb…
Materials, product tools, and processes head annual Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ list of innovations By David R. Brousell Smart manufacturing executives are alw… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-innovations-you-should-know-about/

Opinion: Collaborate to Create

Looking at how UPS and Samsung conduct business is not only inspiring, but also provides valuable insights on tactics that can be applied within your organization. Leading innovators like these actively partner with their vendors, customers, front-line em…
Looking at how UPS and Samsung conduct business is not only inspiring, but also provides valuable insights on tactics that can be applied within your organization. Leading innovat… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/opinion-collaborate-create/

Can You Crowdsource a New Car?

Well, yes you can. At least, according to innovative new US auto-maker Local Motors, based in Chandler, Arizona. Local Motors uses a combination of Web 2.0 open-source crowdsourcing techniques for vehicle design and specs from a claimed 8000 strong virtua…
Well, yes you can. At least, according to innovative new US auto-maker Local Motors, based in Chandler, Arizona. Local Motors uses a combination of Web 2.0 open-source crowdsourci… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/can-you-crowdsource-new-car/

Top 10 Countries for Innovation GE REPORT

According to a new “Global Innovation Barometer” report from GE, which polled 1,000 senior execs from 12 countries, the U.S. is the clear “innovation champion” in the world, followed by Germany, Japan and China.
http://www.smartplanet.com/business/blog/smart-takes/top-10-countries-for-innovation-us-leads-germany-japan-follow/13881/ If you want to innovate, the best place to do it is th… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/top-10-countries-innovation-ge-report/

ERP Upgrades: Who Needs Them?

I speak to a surprisingly large number of manufacturing executives who tell me that their companies have decided to curtail spending on current ERP systems. Many companies seem more than happy to stick with the ERP software release that they are currently…
I speak to a surprisingly large number of manufacturing executives who tell me that their companies have decided to curtail spending on current ERP systems. Many companies seem mo… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/erp-upgrades-who-needs-them/

Dialogue: Roche Boosts IT Vitality

Founded in 1896 by Swiss pharmacist Fritz Hoffmann-La Roche, the Roche Group still pursues his original goal of developing innovative drugs of uniform quality and distributing them internationally. Now Europe’s leading healthcare company and the world’s l…
Founded in 1896 by Swiss pharmacist Fritz Hoffmann-La Roche, the Roche Group still pursues his original goal of developing innovative drugs of uniform quality and distributing the… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/dialogue-roche-boosts-it-vitality/

Specializing to Expand Markets

Many companies find success by creating or exploiting a niche – sometimes inadvertently. A company might, for example, start out as a provider of general-purpose steel bookshelves for offices and storerooms. Then, one day, a potential customer asks if the…
Many companies find success by creating or exploiting a niche – sometimes inadvertently. A company might, for example, start out as a provider of general-purpose steel books… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/specializing-expand-markets/

Dialogue: P&G’s Quest for Growth

It’s been more than 170 years since two European immigrants, an English candle-maker and an Irish soap-maker, married two Cincinnati sisters and heeded their father-in-law’s advice to form a business partnership: Procter & Gamble. The humble family busi…
It’s been more than 170 years since two European immigrants, an English candle-maker and an Irish soap-maker, married two Cincinnati sisters and heeded their  father-in… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/dialogue-pgs-quest-growth1/

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