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1. 3D printing's future in manufacturing: More questions than answers

C-Suite Brief | Feb 26, 2015

3D printing can shorten supply chains and accelerate the pace of product innovation. How the technology will shape employment and outsourcing, however, remains to be seen, and the legal and regulatory framework still needs to be worked out. Blog Blank (02/18)


2. A pattern of growing trade imbalances

C-Suite Brief | Feb 19, 2015

Ernest H. Preeg, senior adviser for international trade and finance
The U.S. trade deficit in manufactures surged by $19 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 and the Chinese surplus rose by $35 billion. U.S. exports for the year grew by 3%. Policy Analysis Blank (02/12)


3. How to get employees to be accountable for one another

C-Suite Brief | Feb 19, 2015

Real leadership is about helping those around you to do better, and creating a culture in which everyone tries to find ways to spur peers to new heights, says Natarajan Chandrasekaran, CEO of Tata Consultancy Services. "If somebody says, 'Hey, I see you're doing that, and I can give you a tip,' the person has to be open to hearing it and to want to hear it," he says. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (02/10)


4. The economic ambitions of China's New Silk Road

C-Suite Brief | Feb 26, 2015

Yingying Xu, Ph.D., director of economic studies
China aims to facilitate trade through a New Silk Road spanning three continents and incorporating roads, railways, pipelines and ports. Energy security is one major driver for the massive undertaking. Issues in Brief Blank (02/23)


5. How Churchill grew into his leadership role

C-Suite Brief | Feb 05, 2015

Winston Churchill made many mistakes of action and judgment, including his embrace of the gold standard and views on Mohandas Gandhi, but he ultimately demonstrated the leadership his country needed during World War II, John Simpson writes. "It's an illusion to think he was just a rhetorician, a guy who skated over the issues. He was deeply immersed in all the detail, and all the technicalities. And that helped him to get the right answer," says Boris Johnson, mayor of London and author of a book on Churchill. Independent (London) (tiered subscription model), The (01/25) BBC (01/22)


6. Webinar: The global outlook

C-Suite Brief | Feb 05, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 3 p.m. Eastern
Cliff Waldman will detail how the slowly broadening and strengthening U.S. rebound is countered by weakness and instability in other regions. He will also discuss the growth implications of volatility in oil, currency and equity markets. Register now. Webinar Blank (02/03)


7. Manufacturing output ticks up in Jan., Fed reports

C-Suite Brief | Feb 19, 2015

U.S. manufacturing output edged up 0.2% in January, according to a Federal Reserve report. Compared with January 2014, manufacturing was up 5.6%. "Sentiment indicators, including the Purchasing Managers Index, imply moderate production growth and the continued gains in manufacturing jobs show that firms have orders and need to expand," said MAPI Foundation Chief Economist Daniel J. Meckstroth. "Lower energy prices have decreased costs and will boost consumer spending." IndustryWeek (02/18)


8. Some states buck downward manufacturing trend in Jan.

C-Suite Brief | Feb 12, 2015

Midwest manufacturers posted strong growth in January despite a slowdown in the national manufacturing activity level. January's backlog of factory orders fell, and the manufacturing trade deficit continues to get worse, noted Daniel Meckstroth, chief economist for the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. "The only good news in the report is that the employment index continues to signal a rising level of manufacturing employment," he said. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (02/02)


9. Africa rising

C-Suite Brief | Feb 12, 2015

Cliff Waldman, director of economic studies
Africa is experiencing much-improved economic growth, which is reducing extreme poverty -- and the sources of growth appear to extend beyond raw materials. A broad industrialization strategy, including programs for stimulating inward investment, will help achieve sustainable expansion. Issues in Brief Blank (02/09)


10. Wrike CEO: Decisions need to benefit the company

C-Suite Brief | Feb 05, 2015

Wrike CEO Andrew Filev wants his company to act based on the best information, not rank or experience, and that starts with him. "[Employees] should be able to explain and provide good reason for any decision they make," he says. "And if they don't have that reason, they'd better go back to the drawing board." New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (01/31)




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