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December 5, 2012
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Leading Edge 
  • How a ski instructor became Volkswagen's rising star
    Former motorcycle racer and ski instructor Wolfgang Durheimer is seen as a potential future chief of Volkswagen, with colleagues citing his encyclopedic grasp of automotive engineering and his crisp, direct leadership style. Durheimer was recently elevated to head of research and development for Audi, seen as a key position for future VW leaders. "He will play a significant role in the next couple of years," predicts one company insider. Forbes (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategic Management 
  • Why America's manufacturing jobs are coming home
    Companies such as General Electric are pivoting away from offshore manufacturing and toward a revival of U.S. factories, Charles Fishman writes. Cheap Chinese labor hasn't delivered the broader economic advantages some firms had sought, and local manufacturing can allow companies to operate more nimbly and with increased quality control. "Jobs are coming back not for a single, simple reason, but for many intertwined reasons -- which means they won’t slip away again when one element of the business, or the economy, changes," Fishman argues. The Atlantic (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Can Ford find a way to rev up Lincoln?
    Ford is no longer willing to invest in exclusive engineering for its Lincoln cars, so it's having to find other ways to elevate the brand. So far, Ford has used marketing gimmicks such as overnight test drives, and gifts of wine and jewelry for buyers. "[T]he challenge will be to create some buzz around Lincoln that will enable it to rise above its pedestrian engineering roots," writes Alex Taylor III. CNNMoney/Fortune (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • Innovation lessons from a coral reef
    Just as coral reefs provide shelter, food and a gathering place for marine life, innovators need ecosystems in which they can come together, be nurtured and thrive, writes Art Markman. That can come from external incubators or from a well-structured internal innovation program. "[C]onsider creating your own innovation reef, where creative problem-solving experts develop a network of individuals skilled in bringing new ideas to market," Markman suggests. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why every inventor needs a good lawyer
    Turning innovations and inventions into workable businesses and marketable products isn't easy, and there are plenty of legal pitfalls awaiting entrepreneurs. It's worth seeking expert advice and considering 10 legal areas to avoid running into serious trouble, this article advises. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Global Perspective 
  • The blueberry and BlackBerry baron of Nova Scotia
    From a tiny town in Nova Scotia, John Bragg oversees a business empire that includes a frozen-fruit empire and a communications and wireless technology powerhouse. He's expanding his reach in Canada and even to Bermuda. "We have a philosophy of growing -- we're just never sure where," he says. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • 6 reasons that women make great leaders
    Women should be confident in their ability to lead successfully, write Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson. Female bosses tend to have strong values, a multifaceted view of the world, and an ability to create shared values and vision and generate trust among employees. "The message to all women is 'Lead boldly. Lead like a woman!' " they write. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
  • So long, and thanks for all the fish
    The Navy will no longer use its 80 trained dolphins to spot mines and enemy divers around the world, instead opting for computers. However, bomb-hunting on the sea floor may become the dolphins' new gig. "About a quarter of [the Navy dolphins] would be affected. But it's not like they are going to go jobless. We have other assignments," said Mike Rothe of the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific in San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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