Shared services have gained in popularity within the past few decades for a reason: economies of scale dictate that in a global marketplace, back-office synergies can be gained in-house and across borders and continents.
The MAPI Information Systems Management Council recently surveyed MAPI members from the Information Systems Management Council, Manufacturing Council, Engineering, R&D Council, and Quality Council on ERP Implementation. Some of the key outcomes and statistics are as follows:
The following is a note in advance of a full report on the 2015 U.S. and China trade statistics from Ernie Preeg, Ph.D., senior advisor for internatiional trade and finance for the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Producticity and Innovation.
Having lived through the East Coast blizzard of late January, I can believe that it had any number of impacts. But it was clearly not responsible for the slower job growth, of only 151,000, that was seen in January. The reference peri
OK, maybe not a fireside chat, but a Skype call is almost the same thing, right? I recently teamed up with Thad Kahlow of BusinessOnline to record a podcast for the website Manufacturing Marketing Matters (
... Well, they talked, and talked, and talked. I was your correspondent at the annual conference of the American Economic Association in San Francisco a few weeks ago. Just for you, here are selective points of debate summarized conveniently in two paragraphs.