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Jul 15, 2003

Capturing Savings of Alliances in the Energy Sector

Energy sector capital projects typically cost hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars to construct. A major component of these projects is the engineered equipment that the facility is… 

Jul 9, 2003

The Road to Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing, an approach to manufacturing made famous by Toyota, has been hailed as the next great thing by consultants and practitioners. Fads, like reengineering and ERP solutions, have come… 

Jul 2, 2003

Problems Facing the New Pharmaceutical Industry – Part 2

No one would disagree that new products are the lifeblood of the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Almost every company in this sector is focused on developing new products, grow revenues,… 

Jul 2, 2003

So You Want to Involve Suppliers in New Product Development?

Congratulations! You’ve reengineered your product development process and manufacturing’s inputs are finally integrated early enough to make a difference. Quality is up and products are launching faster. But that doesn’t… 

Jun 24, 2003

Six Sigma: Where is it now?

Six sigma is a statistical level that represents 3.4 defects per million. Six Sigma is a process that has been around since the late 1970s and mid-1980s. It was developed… 

Jun 19, 2003

Problems Facing the New Pharmaceutical Industry – Part I

As the 21st century begins, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry has entered an era of explosive growth in innovation, investment and competition. At the same time, both established players and… 

Jun 10, 2003

A TaylorMade Supply Chain

Putting a high-tech golf club in the hands of a high-handicap golfer will not necessarily produce a world class golfer. Similarly, simply adding technology to a poorly designed supply chain… 

Jun 4, 2003

Aligning Supply and Demand Management: Meeting summary

Thank you again for coming to the Supply Chain Resource Consortium meeting on May 1-2, 2003. Those who attended hopefully learned a lot from the industry speakers and student projects.… 

Jun 2, 2003

Rebuilding Iraq – Challenges to the EPC Industry

Recently, Bechtel Corporation was awarded a major contract to repair roads, hospitals, schools, and other foundational elements in post-war Iraq. Although critics claimed that this award was based on “personal… 

May 29, 2003

The Global Information Economy

Between 2000 and 2001, China’s spending on information and communications technology grew faster than any other country, 27%. The following is reprinted with permission from the World Information Technology and…