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A new wave of data innovation offers unprecedented promise to crack the black box of effective urban deliveries.
The new Sloan School building at MIT shows that green building makes economic sense.
Edivandro Carlos Conforto et al.
There are positive correlations between improvisation in product development and team performance.
April 5, 2016 | Mohan Subramaniam, Bala Iyer, and Gerald C. Kane
With the help of third-party developers, customization is shifting from the producer to the customer. While Industrial Age customization did enhance options for different customer preferences, those options were hardwired into a firm’s supply chain in ways that preserved efficient scale. Customers could choose only from those options that a firm had already programmed to deliver through established supply chains. Digital Age customization allows customers options outside the boundaries of a firm’s traditional supply chain.
Mark Pagell et al.
Companies aiming to be competitive in the long term do not see safety and productivity as trade-offs.
Martha E. Mangelsdorf
“If there are human operators in the system, they are most likely to be blamed for an accident,” writes MIT professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Nancy Leveson.
Michael Useem et al.
A look at key leadership decisions made during the 2010 mine cave-in crisis.
Erica Plambeck et al.
Leading companies are working with their Chinese suppliers to improve environmental performance.
Smarter Use of Analytics in Operations
The way health care is billed in the U.S. system is part of the reason costs are so high. WellPoint is looking to analytics to play a strategic role in changing that.
February 25, 2015 | Fabian J. Sting, Christoph H. Loch and Dirk Stempfhuber
How can companies get employees to pull together to meet project deadlines? It turns out that establishing psychological safety and promoting cooperative behavior can be just as important as good planning. This case study of management innovation at Roto Frank, a German company that produces hardware for industrial and residential windows and doors, highlights the difficulties of project planning and execution — and the benefits of building a positive feedback cycle.
David Fogarty and Peter C. Bell
Outsourcing analytics can offer benefits, but it requires a carefully constructed relationship.
David Simchi-Levi et al.
For a decade, China was automatically the answer to many manufacturing questions. That’s changing.
Francesco Zirpoli and Markus C. Becker
Managers must understand which competencies they can safely outsource and which they should manage internally.
Evgeny Kaganer et al.
Tapping a virtual, on-demand workforce requires new management models and skills.
Mary C. Lacity and Leslie P. Willcocks
Many companies pursue business process outsourcing to trim costs. But it can evolve into much more.
Kunsoo Han and Sunil Mithas
Research suggests that outsourcing IT helps reduce sales expenses and general and administrative costs.
August 7, 2014 | Willy C. Shih
The process of bringing assembly work back to U.S. factories from abroad is more challenging than the economics would predict. In the United States, many key resources, including the manufacturing workforce, have atrophied. Author Willy C. Shih (Harvard Business School) recommends that to reduce turnover, companies that embrace reshoring — bringing assembly work back from abroad — encourage workers to complete training and certification.