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March 21, 2013
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  MAPI Research and Insight 
  • The competitive edge: Can the U.S. maintain its innovative capacities?
    Stephen V. Gold, president and CEO
    In this column, Stephen Gold argues that manufacturing remains a vital part of any plans for economic revitalization, especially considering the sector's contributions to innovation. Now, with the reshoring of production and new investments by manufacturers in this country, he says the next step is for policymakers to resolve to develop a national strategy to ensure U.S. manufacturers maintain their innovative capacities. IndustryWeek (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Executive primer on strategic pricing
    Wednesday, May 1, 1:00 p.m. Eastern
    Register now for our webinar on how executive leadership in pricing is pivotal for overcoming obstacles to long-term success. Pricing expert David Bauders will discuss the change-management, organizational, cultural and process dimensions that often make the difference between good and great pricing. Webinar LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Canada's oil: Going south, west, or ... east?
    David Boisclair, economic consultant
    The recent oil glut in the U.S. Midwest, which has resulted in a significant price discount for Canadian crude, and the projected increase in oil sands production are pressing industry to upgrade oil transport infrastructure in every direction. While the U.S. Gulf Coast is the primary target of current projects, access to other markets is also sought: Asia in the west, and Canada in the east. In the latter case, cheap Western Canadian crude would replace more expensive foreign oil in Eastern Canadian refineries. Issues in Brief LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  MAPI Analysis and Citings 
  • MAPI: Manufacturing to grow more than GDP over next two years
    Industrial production will increase by 2.2% in 2013 and 3.6% in 2014, while gross domestic product will grow by 1.8% in 2013 and 2.8% in 2014, according to MAPI's quarterly Industrial Outlook report. MAPI reports that 16 out of 24 industries can expect gains in 2013, and 23 out of 24 can expect gains in 2014. "Despite some austerity measures, there are several reasons to be optimistic about continued economic growth in 2013 and 2014," said Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D., MAPI chief economist. IndustryWeek (3/14) , (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Industry 
  • AIA CEO: Sequestration could hurt federally funded research
    Sequestration cuts could mean that federally funded research suffers, including research conducted by NASA, writes Marion Blakey, CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association. She cites several examples of how NASA's research has led to important breakthroughs across society, including the cochlear implant, the Food and Drug Administration's Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point food safety approach, microgravity research involving infectious diseases and methods of more efficient energy production. American City Business Journals/Washington, D.C. (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 ways to beat engineering creativity obstacles
    While brainstorming is a popular creativity-stimulation technique, Eogogics faculty principal member Joseph H. Berk writes that he prefers other methods, including Biomimicry, which involves looking to nature for inspiration, Nine Screens, which uses a three-by-three matrix, and TRIZ, which stands for the Russian words meaning theory of inventive problem solving. (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The advantages of modular control buildings
    Modular process control buildings allow for flexible process automation and power distribution to remote sites and help save space, Principal Technology CEO Matthew S. Hodson writes. He adds that the modular buildings offer advantages over standard control panels because they are more secure and can include climate-control functions. Manufacturing Business Technology (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership and Strategy 
  • Good communication is key to strategic planning
    To ensure successful execution of companies' strategic plans, executives should realize the importance of good communication and implement practices such as distributing one-page descriptions of strategic plans and consistently scheduling follow-up meetings on them, Angela Poulson writes. Modern Distribution Management (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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