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December 5, 2012
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  • ACC members are top innovators
    3M leads Reuters' Top 100 Innovators for 2012, which also includes ACC members Arkema, Dow Chemical, DuPont and Solvay. The list weighs patent volume and success rate, international reach and citation-based influence, according to Reuters. "R&D spend in pharmaceutical/chemical-focused industries is among the top in the world. Many organizations in these sectors are extremely innovative, yet they adhere to a different innovation model," said David Brown, managing director at Thomson Reuters' IP Solutions. Techworld (U.K.) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ACC commends House passage of the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Dow Chemical unit to use biofuels for powering Mich. sites
    Dow Chemical's automotive-systems unit in Midland, Mich. is set to use bio-based fuel at three manufacturing plants. The switch is part of Dow Chemical's long-term sustainability plan. "Sustainability goals should always include manufacturing. Certainly our products support customer sustainability goals related to weight savings, which bolsters fuel savings and ultimately cleaner air," said Steve Henderson, general manager at the Dow unit. (Michigan) (free registration) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • News flash: CEOs don't have superpowers
    Many CEOs see themselves as Superman, but they're delusional, says Zachary First, managing director of The Drucker Institute. Celebrity CEOs and would-be superheroes lack the humility and perspective to become truly great leaders, First argues. "There is no superman. Those people are not there. Everybody's making tradeoffs," he says. CNNMoney/Fortune (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How belief in limitless profit leads firms to make mistakes
    Every company is founded upon the "economic myth" that limitless growth is both desirable and possible, argues Betty Sue Flowers. That leads incautious bosses to focus solely on single-line measures of success, such as revenue and profit. "Those will inevitably peak and decline at some point, because all systems have limits -- and once they start to fall, they fall fast," Flowers says. Strategy+Business online (free registration) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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