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February 7, 2013
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  MAPI Research and Insight 
  • The year of the manufacturing renaissance?
    Stephen V. Gold, president and CEO
    In this column, Stephen Gold asks if 2013 will be the year of the manufacturing renaissance. He argues that there is every reason to expect a resurgence in manufacturing in this country over the next five years. If our elected leaders can tackle the biggest policy challenges facing industry—including an uncompetitive corporate tax code and an overly complex regulatory system—then the renaissance may be upon us. But there are too many imminent hurdles for our manufacturers to overcome for 2013 to be the year it happens. IndustryWeek LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Corruption concerns dampen South Africa's economic prospects
    Fred Stocker, vice president, general counsel and secretary
    South Africa has been plagued with serious corruption problems -- both before and after the end of apartheid -- that have posed obstacles for investing and doing business there. Particularly troubling is the perception that corruption is worsening, notwithstanding government proclamations to the contrary. In this report, Stocker examines the general corruption landscape in South Africa, the magnitude of the issue, areas of concern for companies doing business or investing in the country and the legal regime in place. Policy Analysis LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Upcoming webinar: Servant leadership
    Tuesday, February 26, 2:00 p.m. Eastern
    Several organizations, including the U.S. Armed Forces, have reaped significant benefits from using servant leadership to create a culture that values serving first and leading second. Register now to learn how this philosophy supports metric-driven, efficient operations and leads to broad employee support for initiatives and growth. Webinar LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership -- U.S. free trade agenda appears to be picking up steam
    Fred Stocker, vice president, general counsel and secretary
    While trade professionals and business leaders are well aware of the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the U.S. public does not seem to be. These negotiations (now involving 11 countries -- the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam) represent the only such formal talks the United States has under way. If the partnership comes to fruition, it would be the largest free trade agreement since the WTO commenced in 1995. Issues in Brief LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  MAPI Analysis and Citings 
  • January manufacturing index indicates growth
    The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing sector index was up to 53.1 in January compared with 50.2 in December, and all five of the component indexes were above 50 last month, indicating industry growth. "A strong ISM report, combined with the employment numbers for January from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing a modest 4,000 additional manufacturing jobs, is a good start to the year," said Daniel J. Meckstroth, MAPI's chief economist. However, MAPI senior economist Cliff Waldman said there are still weaknesses in manufacturing that will result in output growth of about 2% for 2013, compared with 4% in 2012. The Wall Street Journal (2/1) , IndustryWeek/Agence France-Presse (2/1) , Associated Press (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MAPI sees brighter economic future for Canada
    The Canadian economy will show improvement in 2013 and 2014, according to a MAPI study. Growth in the production of durable goods, particularly motor vehicles, wood products and machinery, are expected to lead the recovery, MAPI reports. IndustryWeek (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Industry 
  • IBM continues work on carbon nanotube chip process
    Researchers at IBM's Watson Research Center are working to create the first high-density, self-assembling carbon nanotube computer chip process, but they don't expect to reach that goal for the next decade or so. However, they have developed a 10,000 carbon nanotube transistor chip, which indicates progress is being made. ExtremeTech (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Achieving sustainable manufacturing
    Important components to attaining sustainable manufacturing include optimizing fossil fuel use, reducing pollution and recycling, writes Jack Rubinger. In order to achieve sustainable manufacturing, you must also promote the practice in the workplace through signs and labels on all containers, equipment and machines, he writes. Manufacturing Digital (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership and Strategy 
  • Leadership tips from the Super Bowl coaches
    Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh aren't the "screaming field generals" once ubiquitous in football, writes Dov Seidman. Instead, the brothers represent the modern coach that listens to players, rather than yells at them, and aims not for absolute and unquestioned authority but rather for softer and more collaborative forms of power. "[O]ur world has transformed. And football provides us a great metaphor for how our leadership needs to change with it," Seidman writes. (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
--Maya Angelou,
American author and poet

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