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1. Latin America's outlook: Adjusting to less favorable external conditions

C-Suite Brief | Apr 30, 2015

Fernando Sedano, Ph.D., economic consultant
Three factors are behind Latin America's depressed business environment: lower commodity prices, corruption scandals in numerous countries and concerns about financial stability arising from massive capital outflows. Economic Update Blank (04/28)

2. Why is capital investment lagging?

C-Suite Brief | May 14, 2015

Capital investment, a major contributor to productivity and economic growth, has lagged since the end of the dot-com bubble in 2000, according to a new report from the Aspen Institute and the MAPI Foundation. One factor is the U.S. corporate tax structure, which creates a competitive disadvantage in global markets. Policy Analysis Blank (05/06)

3. Masters of money

C-Suite Brief | May 07, 2015

Cliff Waldman, director of economic studies
Cliff provides a primer on the roles of central banks and explains how monetary policy is shaping the global picture. Manufacturers should take note, considering that they are increasingly doing business on a world stage. Issues in Brief Blank (05/05)

4. How Johnson Controls finds and develops tomorrow's leaders

C-Suite Brief | May 07, 2015

June 4, Chicago
Succession planning is a common concern for MAPI member companies since many executives are becoming eligible for retirement. At the Talent and Leadership Forum, the third of MAPI's June HR Forums, Lisa Spitzer will explain how Johnson Controls is preparing for this shift by using learning agility as a tool in identifying promising talent. Forum Blank (05/05)

5. What is Lean, and why does it matter for leadership?

C-Suite Brief | Apr 30, 2015

Lean strategies aren't just for manufacturers -- they can also be a valuable approach for leaders looking to improve their skills, argues Jacob Stoller, author of "The Lean CEO." Lean leadership focuses on making the most of the people in your organization and stripping away what doesn't add value. "[T]he Lean journey allows the CEO to naturally evolve from reactive day-to-day decision maker to proactive teacher, coach, and strategist," Stoller writes. Leadership Now (04/22)

6. Why traditional time-management strategies don't work anymore

C-Suite Brief | Apr 30, 2015

Traditional time-management strategies do not prepare workers for the modern pace of business life. Companies need to offer training that helps workers understand their roles, deal with distractions and manage workflow. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (04/22)

7. Rebuild, renew: Possibilities for industrial infrastructure

C-Suite Brief | May 21, 2015

Raj Batra, president, Siemens Digital Factory
While U.S. manufacturing's aging industrial base is delaying companies' implementation of comprehensive digital strategies, the path to modernization doesn't require a colossal paradigm shift. The key is to start somewhere. Blog Blank (05/18)

8. Innovation through supplier relationship management

C-Suite Brief | Apr 30, 2015

June 3, Chicago
Hugo DeCampos, who worked in GM's supply chain operations for a decade and is now an academic, is a featured speaker at MAPI's SRM Forum. He'll detail how buyers and suppliers can collaborate to achieve transformative innovation -- don't miss what promises to be an extremely valuable presentation. Forum Blank (04/29)

9. MAPI's Preeg: China's not playing fair

C-Suite Brief | May 07, 2015

U.S. industry is becoming increasingly uncompetitive in the world economy, a reflection of the "radical restructuring of international trade," MAPI analyst Ernest Preeg notes. For the first time, China posted a trade surplus of close to $1 trillion last year, while the U.S. trade deficit continued to expand. Preeg advises that the U.S. needs to take a leadership role in addressing this growing imbalance, which has been caused by China's unfair advantage in currency manipulation. Manufacturing & Technology News (04/28)

10. The high-dollar blues

C-Suite Brief | May 14, 2015

Cliff Waldman, director of economic studies
While the current dollar appreciation is small relative to historical experience, the increasing global exposure of U.S. manufacturing and persistently weak world demand likely make the current challenge painfully comparable to previous dollar spikes. Policy Analysis Blank (05/11)

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