Manufacturing

Results for Manufacturing
  • Media
    CEO attacking wage-productivity gap

    Dan Cunningham is looking for five or six fellow CEOs who are committed to narrowing the gap between wages and output in their own businesses and who are willing to share best practices with others. Cunningham also wants to partner with business and community leaders who are identifying regional clusters that are poised for growth and global competitiveness.

    Cunningham, chief executive officer of the Long-Stanton Group, is fresh off a fellowship at Harvard University, where he studied with professors including Michael Porter, an expert on competitive strategy, and Larry Summers, the former U.S. treasury secretary.

  • Media
    Professor Shih Gives Manufacturing Renaissance a C-

    Willy Shih is still worried. Five years ago, the Harvard Business School professor and his colleague Gary Pisano wrote that "restoring the ability of enterprises to develop and manufacture high-technology products in America ... is the only way the country can hope to pay down its enormous deficits and maintain, let alone raise, its citizens' standard of living."

    But when IndustryWeek asked Shih to assign a grade to our nation's efforts to reverse the impact of decades of manufacturing offshoring and lost production capability, he answered, "C-."

  • Media
    A Playbook For Small-Business Job Creation

    As Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), Karen Mills spent four years as part of President Barack Obama's senior economic team and a member of his Cabinet, specifically focused on the health and growth of America's small businesses and entrepreneurs. Now Mills has brought her experience as a policy maker—as well as 25 years of experience as an investor and small business owner—to the U.S. Competitiveness Project at Harvard Business School.

  • Media
    Once Again, You Can Say 'Made in the USA'

    U.S. manufacturing is on the rebound. And the shale gas energy boom is accelerating the progress, benefiting nearly every manufacturing sector, as well as U.S. consumers and workers, who will reap the benefit of as many as 5 million new manufacturing and service jobs by the end of this decade.

  • Media
    Manufacturers to D.C.: Make Us a Can-Do Nation Again

    Over the next year, the president and Congress, in partnership with manufacturers and the entire private sector, must work together on a broad-based agenda to spur long-term economic growth and employment.

  • Media
    Dorel to end bicycle industry's last assembly operations in the U.S.

    Dorel is closing the bicycle industry's last assembly operations in the United States and shifting the work from Pennsylvania to third-party suppliers in Asia.

  • Media
    Auto Suppliers' Return to Profitability Sends Signals About Innovation in U.S. Advanced Industries

    The long-awaited and hard-earned return to profitability at the country's largest auto suppliers, reported by the Wall Street Journal last week, reflects deep structural shifts underway in the nature and organization of advanced production in the United States.

  • Media
    American Manufacturing Has A Secret Competitive Advantage: Its Workforce

    What is this economic phoenix that is rising out of American factories? And why does it give U.S. producers a singular competitive advantage?

  • Media
    Manufacturing may be on its way back

    Factors like lower American energy costs and higher Chinese wages have caused something of a revival in American manufacturing. But where are the jobs? An interview with Harvard Business School professor Willy Shih.

  • Media
    America's Re-shoring of Jobs Is Accelerating

    Because of rising labor costs in China and elsewhere, the mathematics supporting offshoring of former American jobs has drastically changed for the worse, according to Harold Sirkin, senior partner at Boston Consulting Group.

  • Media
    GE brings more appliance production back to U.S.

    Employees at Roper Corp. in LaFayette, Ga., blasted patriotic country music and waved red, white and blue pompoms while they waited for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to arrive Friday to recognize the plant's expansion.

  • Media
    US Auto Sales Post Best July in Seven Years

    U.S. auto sales continue to accelerate, posting the best July performance since 2006 as consumers flocked to dealerships to replace aging vehicles with new models at low interest rates.

  • HBR Case Series
    The Big 3 Roar Back

    By 2008, Detroit's "Big 3"—Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Chrysler—were teetering, and two required federal government assistance to stay afloat. Within three years, remarkably, the Big 3 had turned around by improving competitiveness in quality, design, and cost, as well as through strong, decisive leadership on multiple fronts and improved union relations.

  • Media
    Harvard study: Manufacturing can make U.S. competitive

    As the economy becomes more global, how will the U.S. keep up with other nations? According to a Harvard Business School study, manufacturing will play a big role if the U.S. is going to stay competitive.

  • Media
    Creating Better Jobs For Manufacturing's Comeback

    For a true resurgence in American manufacturing, there must be innovation. Instead of simply asking, "How do we bring more jobs back to America?" we should ask, "How do we create new and better jobs in America?"

  • Media
    Is The United States Ready To Take Manufacturing Back?

    The return of a few companies' manufacturing is encouraging. But the big question is: To what extent is the United States capable of taking back manufacturing on a significant scale? The challenges are great.

  • Media
    Jobs Alone Do Not Explain the Importance of Manufacturing

    Mass employment is not the fundamental reason we need a healthy and vibrant manufacturing sector. Manufacturing, or rather advanced manufacturing, is essential to the U.S. economy because it is the main source of innovation and global competitiveness for the United States.

  • Media
    House hearing to look at ways to boost U.S. auto industry

    Executives at Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Ford Motor Co. will tell a U.S. House panel Wednesday that the United States should do more to attract qualified workers to the auto industry.

  • Media
    US manufacturing is key to competitiveness

    US global competitiveness is slipping. But there is some good news: US manufacturing is in the midst of a revival. Preparing a skilled workforce for the manufacturing sector should be one of the Obama administration's top economic priorities. This can boost competitiveness.

  • Media
    The Next Boom

    Cheap natural gas and increasingly competitive labor costs are bringing factories and jobs back to the U.S. Eight ways to win.

  • Media
    Here, There and Everywhere: Outsourcing and Offshoring

    After decades of sending work across the world, companies are rethinking their offshoring strategies.

  • Media
    Despite lack of skilled manufacturing in U.S., Apple to make new Mac line here

    Apple CEO Tim Cook says that despite the fact that the U.S. lags behind other countries in the level of skilled manufacturing processes and employees, electronics giant Apple will manufacture a line of its popular Mac computers solely in the U.S.

  • Media
    What is the State of the U.S. Manufacturing Sector?

    Willy Shih, Harvard Business School professor and chairman at QD Vision, discusses the United States manufacturing sector. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance."

  • Media
    Harvard panel examines Big 3 rebound

    The rebound of Detroit's Big Three automakers is a real-world success story, but professors from Harvard Business School think Motown's comeback deserves a place in the classroom, too.

  • Media
    Harvard on Detroit: It's a long road to recovery, but our "Vacancy" sign is clear to all

    Wanna be a rock star? Come to Detroit. That's one takeaway a group of Harvard Business School professors had Thursday night during a presentation on their year-long project on U.S. competitiveness.

  • Media
    A New U.S. War: Restoring Our Competitiveness

    If the United States economy is to restore itself to earlier levels of full employment, prosperity and financial soundness, the American manufacturing community must engage in a national effort to resurrect its global competitiveness.

  • Media
    A New U.S. War: Restoring Our Competitiveness

    If the United States economy is to restore itself to earlier levels of full employment, prosperity and financial soundness, the American manufacturing community must engage in a national effort to resurrect its global competitiveness.

  • Media
    A class-action blow to U.S. manufacturing

    The U.S. Supreme Court has until Friday to determine whether it will hear an appeal involving a class-action lawsuit against Whirlpool, the nation's largest washing machine manufacturer. Until then, the future of all manufacturing in the United States hangs in the balance.

  • Media
    50 ways to increase US manufacturing competitiveness

    The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has released a report documenting "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Competitiveness Woes Behind: A National Traded Sector Competitiveness Strategy." The authors' recommendations aim to help reinvigorate US manufacturing based around the "4T's" -- technology, trade, tax and talent.

  • Media
    Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance

    In "Producing Prosperity", Harvard Business School professors Gary Pisano and Willy Shih show the disastrous consequences of years of poor sourcing decisions and underinvestment in US manufacturing capabilities. They reveal how today's undervalued manufacturing operations often hold the seeds of tomorrow's innovative new products, arguing that companies must reinvest in new product and process development in the U.S. industrial sector.

  • Media
    U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett says vote against manufacturing competitiveness act was fiscally motivated

    The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act directs the president to submit a plan to Congress each term to promote the growth of the nation's manufacturing sector and to post his plan on the Internet.

  • Media
    US Manufacturing May be Coming Back - but not Because of Rising Chinese Labor Costs

    A new report from PWC says there is a good chance the US will see a growth in manufacturing and reshoring. But unlike most others analyses, it doesn't see rising wages in China as a key factor.

  • Media
    Manufacturing is growing stronger in the U.S., but planning and investment necessary to maintain and strengthen competitiveness

    According to a new report titled "U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative: Dialogue on Next Generation Supply Networks and Logistics," manufacturing in the U.S. is growing stronger. However, maintaining and strengthening America's competitiveness in the global market will require a tremendous measure of planning, effort, and focused financial investment.

  • Forum
    A Billion-Dollar Profit Idea for Apple That Puts Americans to Work

    Daniel Cunningham has a billion-dollar idea for Apple: Start building the iPhone intended for American markets in the United States. The result? A billion dollars in additional profit for the company.

  • Media
    Should the U.S. Seek More Tech Manufacturing?

    What policies, if any, should the United States pursue to encourage high-tech manufacturers like Apple to build their products in America rather than largely in Asia?

  • Media
    In Pursuit of Nissan, a Jobs Lesson for the Tech Industry?

    The migration of Japanese auto manufacturing to the United States over the last 30 years offers a case study in how the unlikeliest of transformations can unfold.

  • Media
    Apparel imports boost U.S. jobs

    Aside from generating U.S. jobs, global trade in the clothing manufacturing industry drives competitiveness, brings value to American families, and harnesses opportunities for U.S. companies to sell their products to customers all around the world, according to the American Apparel and Footwear Association.

  • Media
    Outsourcing: Sorting Through the Politics

    The problem is not outsourcing but rather it is inappropriate outsourcing--purchasing abroad products that could be made as or more cost-effectively at home. Those swell the trade deficit, which imposes great costs, and both President Obama and Governor Romney own some of that problem.

  • Media
    Google: Why it is manufacturing Nexus Q in US

    When Google Inc decided to build its Nexus Q home entertainment device in Silicon Valley rather than in China, it was not fretting about the bottom line. It was fretting about speed.

  • Media
    Airbus to Build U.S. Assembly Line for A320

    Airbus, the European airplane maker, announced Monday that it would invest $600 million over the next five years to build an assembly line here for its popular A320 single-aisle jet — its first factory in the United States.

  • Media
    How Can Mature Economies Achieve Stronger Global Competitiveness?

    Conference Board Chief Economist Bart van Ark analyzes how mature economies can achieve even stronger competitiveness.

  • Media
    Vestas CEO sees US market down 80 pct in 2013

    The head of the world's biggest wind turbine maker, Vestas, says that the U.S. wind turbine market is likely to fall by 80 percent next year because of the expected expiration of an important tax credit.

  • Media
    American Manufacturing Has Declined More Than Most Experts Have Thought

    A new report released by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation presents a strong case that manufacturing has declined more during the last decade than it did during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

  • Media
    Lack of national policy hobbles U.S. manufacturing

    Lack of a public policy on manufacturing is the main obstacle to a vibrant factory sector in the United States, according to a Brookings Institution study which also dismissed the notion that high wages are frustrating growth.

  • Research
    Does America Really Need Manufacturing?

    Manufacturing matters to a nation’s economic prosperity, not because it is an important source of jobs (it currently represents only about 10% of US employment) but because manufacturing competence is often an integral part of innovation. By Professors Gary P. Pisano and Willy C. Shih.