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Critical Issue: The Adaptive Organization

The speed and flexibility with which manufacturing leaders can effectively respond to rapid and often complex market and business change will increasingly determine their organization’s success. Whether they face unexpected business disruption, sudden competitive attack, or major market shifts, both large and SMB manufacturers need to ensure their enterprises are in a constant state of readiness by developing highly adaptive processes and working cultures that can meet the multitude of business challenges today and tomorrow.

  • Adaptive leadership and responsive enterprise cultures
  • Operational flexibility and responsiveness in manufacturing assets, networks and partnerships
  • Balancing change with core values
Flexibility 2.0: Toward Global Agility
Compelled by the need to accelerate new product innovation and to respond to a rising tide of global risks, manufacturers are seeking to become more agile and responsive. To get there, they will need to revamp …
The Adaptive Organization: Are You as Fast as Your Market?
How do you make adaptability a core capability in a manufacturing organization? Can you build an “operating system” to speed up and support corporate adaptability? Leadership lessons from Cisco vice presidents …
Not Your Father’s Manufacturing
Markets, products, technologies, and materials have all changed in the last several decades to the extent that yesterday’s processes, skills, and information systems, are less relevant and less effective for as…

Blog Posts

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Don’t Fool Yourself, Manufacturing 4.0 Means Exponential Change  in The Adaptive Organization

We often hear that, when taking first steps on the digital transformation journey, manufacturers should start small, build on successes, and then expand the vision once results and credibility have been established. This seems like prudent advice. After all, digitization often involves the implementation of new, relatively untested technologies, and leads to profound process and organizational change. Therefore, we’re often told, it’s best early on to reduce risk by narrowly defining the scope of digitization projects, focusing in incremental improvements, and leaving messy change management for later. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Sep 19, 2017
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Five Steps for Creating a Data-Driven Decision-Making Culture  in The Adaptive Organization

Recent conversations among members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council show that effectively using real-time data and analytics to make better decisions is not just a technology issue. In a very real way, effectively embracing data-drive decision-making requires a significant cultural shift. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Nov 04, 2016
Views: 18044
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Updating Lean for the Manufacturing 4.0 Era  in The Adaptive Organization

With the current intense focus on IoT, digital transformation, and real-time data leading to transformative change, it sometimes seems as if manufacturers have moved on from more traditional and continuous approaches to operational improvement—such as lean. But, at a recent Manufacturing Leadership Council plant tour and roundtable discussion at the Avnet, Inc., Global Solutions Center in Chandler, AZ, Avnet operations and supply chain leaders and 40 members of the ML Council made it clear that continuous improvement and the adoption of lean culture and processes remain bedrock manufacturing strategies. But they also made it equally clear that lean must evolve to become much more agile and to deliver results much more quickly in an era of rapidly increasing operational complexity and real-time data. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Oct 11, 2016
Views: 15461
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Are You a Manufacturing 4.0 Leader? Make Your Case by Entering the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards  in The Adaptive Organization

Is your company a leader or an also-ran in the race to Manufacturing 4.0? One way to answer that question is to benchmark against a few competitors to determine if your latest digitally-enabled project or process is world class or just table stakes. That can be time-consuming and expensive, however. Another great way to answer that question is to nominate your breakthrough project or individual leader’s achievements for a Manufacturing Leadership Award. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Aug 08, 2016
Views: 11818
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IBM Plant Tour: Becoming a Data-Driven Manufacturing Enterprise  in The Adaptive Organization

There’s no doubt that the tools that enable big data and advanced analytics applications—everything from data management and storage platforms to data visualization tools—have, in recent years, matured dramatically, becoming faster, cheaper, and more powerful. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 01, 2016
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Volkswagen Pays the Price for a Culture of Arrogance  in The Adaptive Organization

It’s sometimes tempting to think of all of this focus on collaboration and engagement as a soft “nice to have,” something that makes employees feel better about their workplace and their bosses but that has no demonstrable impact on the bottom line. But nothing could be further from the truth. Exhibit A: Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Dec 15, 2015
Views: 24034
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Why Is it So Hard to Transplant Lean in Low-Cost Countries?  in The Adaptive Organization

After rushing to offshore production in pursuit of lower-cost labor, many manufacturers have spent the past few years rethinking that decision. They’ve learned that, while offshoring production bound for core markets to lower-cost countries can bring cheaper labor, it can also involve unexpected costs and other risks such as greater spending on transportation, longer lead times, quality trade-offs, and intellectual property exposure. Now manufacturers are struggling to cope with another offshoring-related challenge: How to transplant lean and other process-focused continuous improvement frameworks in a sustainable way to lower-cost countries where the culture may not take to it naturally. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Oct 27, 2015
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Do Manufacturers Need Chief Digital Officers?  in The Adaptive Organization

On a recent Manufacturing Leadership Council Roundtable call, Dr. Dean Bartles, Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute and a member of the Council’s Board of Governors, laid out his vision of manufacturing’s digitized future. Manufacturing leaders in aerospace and other industries are already using integrated suites of tools that work with product definition data to support tool design, manufacturing process design, visualization, modeling and simulation, and data analytics, said Bartles. This digital future will allow manufacturers to model and perfect production lines based on the digital representations of products to be fabricated, driving down production costs, lead times, tool design times, and change order times while speeding manufacturing planning processes. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Sep 15, 2015
Views: 28545
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Transformation is Major Theme at Jefferies Industrial Conference  in The Adaptive Organization

I traveled to New York City last week to attend the 11th annual Jefferies Industrial Conference, a diverse gathering of more than 200 companies in the chemicals, aerospace and defense, automotive, metal fabrication, biofuels, and other market segments. Every company has its own set of market issues to contend with, of course, but if there was one major topic of conversation that ran through four days of presentations conducted in five concurrent session tracks, besides a growing feeling that the economy is slowing, it was business transformation – pervasive, market-driven change that is forcing many company executives to reorganize their companies, sharpen and re-align their priorities, reduce costs, in some cases move production outside the U.S., and find new ways to leverage their strengths to create advantage and compete. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Aug 17, 2015
Views: 18379
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The Future of Manufacturing at Toyota Takes Shape  in The Adaptive Organization

Toyota has announced plans to invest $1 billion to build a new manufacturing plant in Central Mexico and to shift production at several of its other North American plants, all part of the automotive giant’s plans to reengineer its global manufacturing system in order to reduce costs and increase flexibility Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 20, 2015
Views: 24322
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Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2015  in The Adaptive Organization

As the new year begins, the editorial team at the Manufacturing Leadership Council offers its predictions for the year ahead: Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jan 06, 2015
Views: 70803
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Welcome to the Age of Uncertainty  in The Adaptive Organization

Most of us are willing to work very hard to build frameworks that explain the events taking place around us, and we want to stick with those frameworks, even as they prove to be flawed. For most of us it’s much more difficult to embrace the notion that, at any point in time, we may not be able to understand all of the forces changing our world, much less predict what’s coming next. Making big decisions in an environment of increasing uncertainty can be unsettling to say the least. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Sep 17, 2014
Views: 12995
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Is Your Organization Ready for Digitization?  in The Adaptive Organization

Today, businesses are realizing more and more value through investments in digitization, but the trajectory is anything but smooth or predicable. A recent McKinsey survey on digitization, for example, says that many organizations are not realizing the full benefits of digitization due to an array of organizational issues. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Aug 05, 2014
Views: 17299
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Cybersecurity: Just Another Business Issue?  in The Adaptive Organization

Cybersecurity has become established as an on-going business issue for manufacturing companies. This may come as no surprise given the increased frequency and notoriety of cyber attacks on businesses and other organizations. But, even though executives at manufacturing companies acknowledge the problem, many appear to be still in the process of putting together a rational strategy to deal with it. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Apr 22, 2014
Views: 17463
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Is Your Company Root-Bound by ISO-9000?  in The Adaptive Organization

ISO-9000 Quality Management Systems (QMS) can be a very useful tool for capturing and preserving critically important business process as well as laying out a means for future improvement and growth. However, I often come across situations where ISO-9000 QMS actually brings harm to business processes when this need not be the case. This happens when the QMS is not a living document or is impractical. In either case, it is rigid in a way that restricts growth much in the same way that a rigid, too-small pot restricts a plant’s growth. Read More →

Posted by Everette Phillips on Apr 17, 2014
Views: 14951
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Want Engaged Employees? Try Opening the Books  in The Adaptive Organization

Call it the Engagement Paradox. On one hand, manufacturers tell us that a self-directed, engaged workforce is an increasingly important competitive advantage. Why? As more real-time information is available on the plant floor, workers need to be able to make good decisions themselves. That means they need to understand how their work processes fit with and affect others. They need to understand strategic goals and metrics that are tied to desired outcomes and how these should be the basis of their decisions. And they need to be able to make the right decisions quickly, as often as possible without needing to ask supervisors what to do. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 08, 2014
Views: 18057
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The Auto Market is Just Not Customer-Centric Enough  in The Adaptive Organization

In the midst of a booming market, the news in the automotive industry these days is anything but euphoric, as recent reports about General Motors, Toyota, and Tesla Motors would suggest, raising some gut-level questions about the notion of customer-centricity in the industry. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Mar 25, 2014
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‘Activation’: The Next Step in Customer-Centricity  in The Adaptive Organization

Putting the customer at the center of your business model may sound like an obvious thing to do. After all, what sort of business would you have without customers? But the idea of customer-centricity goes way beyond being responsive to customer demand, achieving higher customer satisfaction ratings, getting a product delivered on time, or focus-group testing a new product. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Mar 18, 2014
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Intelligent Products: Creating New Business Models for Manufacturing Services  in The Adaptive Organization

It's a hundred years since Henry Ford transformed manufacturing with his revolutionary approach to mass production. A century later, there’s another manufacturing revolution underway – but this time the focus is more about what’s online, than what’s on the production line. As manufacturers begin to grapple with the potential impact of the Internet of Things, new challenges are emerging about how they will need to adapt to such an increasingly virtual world. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Dec 03, 2013
Views: 18402
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Collaboration: More Decision-Making Structure is Required  in The Adaptive Organization

Last week, the Manufacturing Leadership Council held a special meeting and tour of the historic Ford River Rouge plant—now known as the Dearborn Truck Plant—where the dramatic changes that have come to automotive manufacturing over the past 85 years were on dramatic display. When it opened for business in 1928, the 16-million-square-foot River Rouge plant was the largest integrated factory in the world. With over 100,000 workers employed there at its peak, the River Rouge plant was highly vertically integrated, over the years pumping out Model T parts, the Model A, and a succession of Ford vehicles destined for worldwide distribution. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Nov 11, 2013
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Looking for Help Reaching Global Markets? Try Your Own Back Yard  in The Adaptive Organization

These days, all manufacturers face challenges traversing what is, increasingly, a global marketplace. But, for small manufacturers, the challenges can be greater. Take global logistics for air and freight, for example. While it is convenient and easy to use large multinational firms for these services, smaller manufacturers pay higher rates to do so. It is a quirk of the system. Larger companies demand price breaks, therefore the freight company must create a retail price—the one they offer to smaller customers--as a baseline and offer discounts off of that. You can find consolidators who will negotiate for a large volume discount and "sell" that discount to you in the form of lower freight cost. If you service many countries, the consolidator or group buying system has potential for you. If you primarily service one country--say China or India--you may wish to seek other alternatives. Read More →

Posted by Everette Phillips on Nov 08, 2013
Views: 11673
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Lessons from the Healthcare Website Fiasco: Execs Need More Involvement in Technology  in The Adaptive Organization

If there is a silver lining message in the Obama Administration’s disastrous roll-out of the new healthcare website, it is that C-level business executives should get more involved in key technology decisions in their organizations. Their mission, though, should not be to become technology experts themselves, but to play an important business oversight role to ensure that critical IT projects to do not go astray and end up damaging a company’s reputation, credibility, and ability to function. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Nov 05, 2013
Views: 11473
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China Faces a New Set of Manufacturing Challenges  in The Adaptive Organization

One of the interesting things about business evolution these days is how short certain cycles seem to be getting. Analysts rooted in silicon would say it all stems from the microprocessor and Moore’s Law. Innovation seems to confer increasingly temporary competitive advantage, product cycles are measured in months if not weeks, and market dominance can disappear in just a few years. Whatever your perspective, the days of decades-long corporate or even national hegemony seem as long past as the fins on a 1950’s era Cadillac. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Jul 01, 2013
Views: 15946
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Overcoming Product Cost Management Blind Spots  in The Adaptive Organization

Why do many organizations do such a poor job of product cost management? According to a recent post by PCM consultancy Hiller Associates, much of the reason lies with the siloed nature of most functionally-organized companies. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 08, 2013
Views: 13269
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Reshoring: Beware the Hype  in The Adaptive Organization

Reshoring is getting a great deal of hype. Some see it as evidence of a new renaissance of American manufacturing. Some see it as hope for reducing long term unemployed. Some see it as a business opportunity to sell manufacturing-related equipment, software, and services in the US. And some see it as a business opportunity for managing extended supply chains. Read More →

Posted by Everette Phillips on Apr 12, 2013
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Which is Best: Lean, Six Sigma, or TOC? Why Not Combine All Three?  in The Adaptive Organization

Many manufacturers complain that they struggle to sustain momentum behind continuous improvement initiatives that use Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. Although these methods are proven and well-understood, many organizations find they aren’t systematically and strategically applying them to the process problems that, once fixed, will deliver the greatest value—and bottom-line payoff—to the company. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 14, 2015
Views: 17095
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Would Social Media Have Saved J&J?  in The Adaptive Organization

Pharmaceuticals giant Johnson & Johnson this week agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and pay a small fine to settle legal charges stemming from an embarrassing series of quality problems and management shortcomings that affected consumers of some of the company’s most popular products for infants and children. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 11, 2015
Views: 13247
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Are Makers a Threat to “Real” Manufacturers?  in The Adaptive Organization

Like a lot of people, I’ve been trying to understand what implications the burgeoning “maker” movement might have for industrial-scale manufacturing enterprises such as those that make up our Manufacturing Leadership Council. Sure, individual maker enthusiasts are gaining lots of experience with 3D printers and new additive manufacturing materials, experience from which “real” manufacturers might learn. But do makers really represent a completive threat to “real” manufacturers? Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Dec 08, 2014
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More Production Problems for Tesla  in The Adaptive Organization

Electric car pacemaker Tesla Motors is apparently struggling with manufacturing challenges as it seeks to both ramp up production of its popular Model S while also rolling a new luxury electric SUV model. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Nov 06, 2014
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Reshoring: Extricating Equipment Can Be a Challenge  in The Adaptive Organization

As U.S. manufacturers continue to reshore of some production, some are running into an unexpected challenge: Getting tooling and critical equipment out of China. In a discussion this week among members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, several said that they have run into delays, unexpected taxes, and other problems associated with extricating tooling and equipment. One MLC member said that his company attempted to reclaim tooling from its contract partner in China only to learn that it had been relocated without his company’s knowledge. Other MLC members said Chinese contractors have dragged their feet when asked to reshore tooling and equipment to the U.S. One possible explanation, these manufacturers said, is that contractors in China have well-established processes for bringing tools and equipment in from the U.S. but not for returning it. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 09, 2014
Views: 13355
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Learning from a Rocky Reshoring Experience  in The Adaptive Organization

Reshoring appears to be gaining momentum, most recently with reports from Boston Consulting Group indicating that the U.S. and other western countries are becoming more cost-competitive compared to countries previously considered low-cost, particularly China. But such studies don’t tell the whole story. Some companies appear to be running into challenges returning production to the U.S. A manufacturing workforce shortage is apparently one of the most common problems complicating reshoring. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 05, 2014
Views: 13657
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VirTex Doubles Its Size Through Acquisition  in The Adaptive Organization

Buoyed by its first acquisition in more than a decade, electronics manufacturer VirTex Enterprises is expecting double-digit growth in 2014. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Jan 20, 2014
Views: 9905
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Offshoring: How Do You Cope with Time Zone Burnout?  in The Adaptive Organization

By now, many of the downsides associated with offshoring are painfully well-known to manufacturing executives: High transportation costs, long lead times, quality and intellectual property protection concerns and, increasingly, rising labor costs.But one very real negative that doesn’t get as much attention—although it should--is what might be called “time zone burnout.” Manufacturing executives who must oversee offshore production contractors in Asia while also caring for customers in the U.S. and other parts of the world inevitably find themselves compelled to participate in late night and early morning conference calls. As work days get longer thanks to late-night conference calls to Asia followed by early-morning calls to Europe, fatigue can set in. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Dec 11, 2013
Views: 11834
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Study: Manufacturers Face Big Gaps Between Strategies and Execution  in The Adaptive Organization

Coming up with a new idea or better way of doing something is usually a lot easier than making it work. As Thomas Edison once said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” When it comes to manufacturing strategies to grow the business and improve its workings, manufacturers today don’t seem to be perspiring enough. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Oct 22, 2013
Views: 12832
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Tesla: Suppliers Are Holding Us Back  in The Adaptive Organization

How can a small, start-up manufacturer establish credibility with key suppliers so that the suppliers will buy into the manufacturer’s demand forecasts and ramp up production accordingly? That was a challenged faced by electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, and it is now constraining the company’s ability to meet rising customer demand for its cars, CEO Elon Musk told financial analysts this week on a conference call to discuss Tesla’s second-quarter financial results. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Aug 09, 2013
Views: 12148
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Manufacturing Technology Investments On The Rise: Is The Future Getting Brighter?  in The Adaptive Organization

Orders for new manufacturing technologies rose to $430.06 million in May this year – up by a solid 13.6 percent from the previous month, according to the latest figurers from the U.S. Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jul 10, 2013
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Customer Satisfaction Rises as Key Quality Metric  in The Adaptive Organization

What metrics should manufacturers use to understand the maturity and outcomes of their quality practices? While internally-focused metrics such as first-pass yield and defects per million are considered classic measures of quality, manufacturers are increasingly turning to externally-focused metrics that gauge customers’ satisfaction with the quality of their products and services. That’s according to a “Global State of Quality” survey recently released by the American Society for Quality (ASQ.) Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jul 03, 2013
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Culture of Trust Leads to Employee Engagement  in The Adaptive Organization

As manufacturers attempt to move beyond incremental operational improvement and achieve transformational performance gains, many quickly realize that one constraint is less-than-engaged front line workers. Unengaged workers are typically uninterested in embracing change and may even undermine attempts at transformational change. Unfortunately, a lot of front-line workers are apparently less than engaged today. According to a recent Gallup poll, 71% of workers aren’t fully engaged in their jobs. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 20, 2013
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Leveraging Data to Fight Product Proliferation  in The Adaptive Organization

In most organizations, the functional units rarely come together around “one dinner table,” but when they do they all seem to speak different languages based on misaligned objectives and competing goals, creating confusion and eroding profit. In fact, the impact of product proliferation, which results from the miscommunication on profit margin,is about 18-25 percent. As a result, when profits are low, rather than looking to cut inventory, parts or employees, manufacturing executives should look at breaking down silos and aligning the process around one objective. Manufacturing companies need to find a common language – Big Data presents an opportunity to do so based on real customer-buying patterns, not just guesstimates or hunches. Read More →

Posted by Radhika Subramanian on Feb 15, 2013
Views: 11711
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Employees and the Limits of the 'Always-On' Work Culture  in The Adaptive Organization

In a poll that Manufacturing Executive and the Manufacturing Leadership Council conducted this year, we asked executives to share their views on how employees are dealing with mobility at work--including how the introduction of mobile devices, new apps, and new work processes is stretching the boundaries of the traditional 9-5 workday. Read More →

Posted by Chris Chiappinelli on Dec 07, 2012
Views: 11596
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Signs of Growth? Global Manufacturing M&A Activity Rebounds  in The Adaptive Organization

Rising merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is one of the key industrial indicators that the world’s manufacturing sector is gearing up for growth, so it’s good news that the latest industry figures show manufacturing sector M&A activity soared to $25 billion in the third quarter of 2012. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Nov 15, 2012
Views: 8141
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Outsourcing? Hold onto Your Key Engineering Talent  in The Adaptive Organization

For all the recent talk of reshoring, outsourcing continues to be central to many manufacturers' strategies for capturing customers in emerging markets and reducing operational costs. But manufacturers who imagine that adopting an outsourcing strategy means they are free to get rid of their manufacturing engineering staffs should think again. Strong internal engineering teams are critical to ensuring that your outsourced production providers are able to deliver the quality and productivity you are looking (and paying) for. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Nov 05, 2012
Views: 9867
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Addressing the Impact of Product Complexity on the Manufacturer  in The Adaptive Organization

Growth for most companies means more products – with profit driving more growth. As the growth continues, companies struggle to maintain profit margin. As a recent article on Manufacturing-Executive.com pointed out, product proliferation is one of the single biggest determinants of increased cost and loss of efficiency throughout the entire organization. The impact on the profit margin is about 18-25 percent. Read More →

Posted by Radhika Subramanian on Oct 23, 2012
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A New Era of Thrift  in The Adaptive Organization

Recently, I came across a blog post I originally published in 2009, and was struck by how relevant the thoughts are today. From the June 2009 posting: Perhaps prematurely, I’m contemplating the scars that our Great Recession might leave behind. The foremost task, of course, is to leave it behind. But when we do, I wonder what might linger. I suspect that the economic reckoning we’re living through will not be cast off with a shrug and a burst of energy. Read More →

Posted by Chris Chiappinelli on Oct 19, 2012
Views: 8891
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What Will Digitally Empowered Customers Mean to Your Supply Chain?  in The Adaptive Organization

There's little doubt that the Internet, social networks, and mobile technologies have endowed consumers and other customers with more information and higher expectations, altering the power dynamic between manufacturers and their customers. And, according to a recent survey of 1,350 supply chain executives, this rise of the digitally empowered customer will increase complexity, forcing manufacturers to cope with greater SKU variety, new fulfillment alternatives, the need for greater production flexibility, and other demands. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Oct 10, 2012
Views: 11129
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Is Manufacturing Part of the CEO's Growth Team?  in The Adaptive Organization

The other day I found myself speaking with a group of very smart non-manufacturing people when the discussion turned to this question: Should manufacturing executives (defined broadly to include supply chain, engineering, etc.) be part of the CEO's growth team? In other words, should the manufacturing function be thought of as part of the team that is responsible for driving growth at the highest levels of the enterprise? Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Sep 14, 2012
Views: 6221
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When Partners Become Competitors  in The Adaptive Organization

A few years ago, co-opetition was a popular buzzword. The term is unattractive, semantically speaking. But in some manufacturing circles, its popularity as a business strategy is waxing again. Whereas its first emergence years ago might have signaled a new form of unity in the business world (the “co” part of the word, for cooperation), the emphasis these days is decidedly on the latter part of the word, at least in the technology arena. Read More →

Posted by Chris Chiappinelli on Aug 07, 2012
Views: 10486
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Ford Targets Standard Manufacturing Operating System to Achieve Agility  in The Adaptive Organization

As manufacturers plan for a future in which demand is global and less predictable and the pace of new product innovation is accelerating, how can they avoid the supply chain complexity and product design and production process variability that, in the past, has often led to inflexibility and the inefficient utilization of assets? Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Aug 07, 2012
Views: 7263
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Supply Chain Challenge: Airplane Makers Face Turbulence  in The Adaptive Organization

The good news for manufacturers of commercial aircraft and their suppliers is that their industry appears to be on the cusp of some very impressive growth that will take place over the next 20 years. The challenging news: in order to meet rapidly increasing demand, manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, and their top suppliers will need to revamp their supply chains in order to increase visibility and significantly improve response times. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jul 06, 2012
Views: 6159
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Rust on Our Heart  in The Adaptive Organization

(The following was originally posted in August 2011on a sister site of Manufacturing Executive.) Rust does not become us, and rust will not sustain us. Across America, rust has eaten through the things that once defined us, leaving silence in places that once roared with the noise of creation, the presses that thundered metal into submission, the lathes that screamed as they spun goods into being. Read More →

Posted by Chris Chiappinelli on May 11, 2012
Views: 5201
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