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Achieving The Competitive Edge

Author : Harry K. Jackson
ISBN : 0471153524
Genre : Business & Economics
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Values and Vision. Lead People--Manage Things -- Planning. Knowing and Understanding Processes -- The Seven Quality Control Tools -- Statistical Process Control Charts -- The Seven Management and Planning Tools -- Product Development Strategy -- Product Improvement Strategies -- Appendices. Index.
Category: Business & Economics

Thinking Strategically The Competitive Edge In Business Politics And Everyday Life

Author : Avinash K. Dixit
ISBN : 0393069796
Genre : Business & Economics
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The international bestseller—don't compete without it! A major bestseller in Japan, Financial Times Top Ten book of the year, Book-of-the-Month Club bestseller, and required reading at the best business schools, Thinking Strategically is a crash course in outmaneuvering any rival. This entertaining guide builds on scores of case studies taken from business, sports, the movies, politics, and gambling. It outlines the basics of good strategy making and then shows how you can apply them in any area of your life.
Category: Business & Economics

Quality Systems And Standards For A Competitive Edge

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ISBN : 9780821368954
Genre : Business & Economics
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This book responds to the challenge of providing a comprehensive account of quality systems for private sector development: what works and what doesnt on the ground, and why. This volume provides a thorough analysis of the diversity of institutions, linkages, and arrangements involved in quality systems, identifying success factors in countries quality strategies. It explains why quality and standards matter for export growth, for productivity, for industrial upgrading, and for diffusion of innovation, all central ingredients in improving economic growth and generating real gains in poverty reduction. It provides a detailed blue print for implementing effective National Quality Systems. Quality and Standards Matter is a valuable tool for policymakers confronted with the challenges of building trade competitiveness in the new global economy.
Category: Business & Economics

Competitive Edge

Author : Daniel I. Okimoto
ISBN : 0804712255
Genre : Business & Economics
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During the 1970s, Japan supplanted the United States as the world leader in steel production, automobile manufacturing, and consumer electronics. Are the Japanese poised to repeat these successes in the semiconductor industry? This question has vast potential significance, because semiconductor technology holds the key to competitiveness in high technology, one of America's last bastions of industrial supremacy. This book, the product of years of joint research by a multidisciplinary team of American and Japanese scholars, analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of each country's semiconductor industry with reference to three major areas: technological innovation; the role of government, not only in specific policies directed toward the semiconductor industry, but also in the broader context of industrial policy, government-business relations, and the two political systems; and the influence of financial institutions, ties between banks and businesses, and corporate financing. The book provides, in short, a broad yet in-depth analysis of emerging industrial competition in high technology between the world's two largest market economies.
Category: Business & Economics

Global Design To Gain A Competitive Edge

Author : Xiu-Tian Yan
ISBN : 9781848002395
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Recent rapid globalisation of manufacturing industries leads to a drive and thirst for rapid advancements in technological development and expertise in the fields of advanced design and manufacturing, especially at their interfaces. This development results in many economical benefits to and improvement of quality of life for many people all over the world. Technically speaking, this rapid development also create many opportunities and challenges for both industrialists and academics, as the design requirements and constraints have completely changed in this global design and manufacture environment. Consequently the way to design, manufacture and realise products have changed as well. The days of designing for a local market and using local suppliers in manufacturing have gone, if enterprises aim to maintain their competitiveness and global expansion leading to further success. In this global context and scenario, both industry and the academia have an urgent need to equip themselves with the latest knowledge, technology and methods developed for engineering design and manufacture. To address this shift in engineering design and manufacture, supported by the European Commission under the Asia Link Programme with a project title FASTAHEAD (A Framework Approach to Strengthening Asian Higher Education in Advanced Design and Manufacture), three key project partners, namely the University of Strathclyde of the United Kingdom, Northwestern Polytechncial University of China, and the Troyes University of Technology of France organised a third international conference.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Achieving Competitive Edge

Author : David Bennett
ISBN : 9781447119043
Genre : Business & Economics
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There is now a widely accepted view among manufacturing and service organisations that 'operations' can provide the means of achieving competitive edge. The OMA-UK Sixth International Conference has taken this view as its theme and focuses in particular on how technology and people can be used to improve manufacturing and service competitiveness. These proceedings have been organised according to the topics addressed within the overall conference theme and generally fall within three broad areas: technology-based topics, human resource-based topics and general topics. The technology-based topics are: Materials Control, Supply Chain Management and Logistics Flexibility in Operations Systems Computer-Aided Management of Operations Design, Process Planning and 'Time to Market' Factors Application of KBS, Expert Systems and Modelling Production Planning and Control The human resource-based topics are: Work Organisation Human Factors Managing the Implementation of Technology Managing the Quality Improvement Process Education Training and Development Employee Participation and Involvement The general topics are: Operations Strategy International Comparisons and Country-based Papers Performance and Productivity Measurement and Improvement A particular feature of all the papers is that they emphasise the application of techniques, technologies and concepts rather than concentrating on specific functional description. The authors are drawn from around 14 countries and represent both the academic and industrial communities. Many are involved in the 'mainstream' of operations management while a number are from other disciplines relevant to the conference theme, such as industrial engineering and organisational behaviour.
Category: Business & Economics

The Competitive Edge

Author : National Research Council
ISBN : 9780309047845
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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To maintain competitiveness in the emerging global economy, U.S. manufacturing must rise to new standards of product quality, responsiveness to customers, and process flexibility. This volume presents a concise and well-organized analysis of new research directions to achieve these goals. Five critical areas receive in-depth analysis of present practices, needed improvement, and research priorities: Advanced engineered materials that offer the prospect of better life-cycle performance and other gains. Equipment reliability and maintenance practices for better returns on capital investment. Rapid product realization techniques to speed delivery to the marketplace. Intelligent manufacturing control for improved reliability and greater precision. Building a workforce with the multidisciplinary skills needed for competitiveness. This sound and accessible analysis will be useful to manufacturing engineers and researchers, business executives, and economic and policy analysts.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Ford Regaining Their Competitive Edge A

Author : Carl G. Smith
ISBN : 9780595470105
Genre : Business & Economics
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This project contains a look into the manufacturing company of Ford Motor Company. Research was done about how the company runs business, both globally and domestically. In this report, the company's mission, goals, strategies, product and service portfolios, market share and profit performance, technology and employment information are outlined. Key successes and weakness failures are also discussed in detail. Information about Ford's use of computer systems and an information model for the company is also included. The information model displays Ford's Work System, showing which components of the Work Organization, Control System, Industrial Relations and Human Resources Practices Ford implements. The Business Organization, with Ford's Business Strategy and Enterprise Organization is also part of the model. At the end of the report, self-evaluations by team members and references can be found. Ford Motor Company is currently trying to increase its global market share in automobile sales while facing slumping market share numbers in the United States. This report examines the Ford company characteristics and how the company uses information systems in the business climate. To reduce costs and increase knowledge of a region Ford uses small ERP systems that are less expensive and faster to implement than the larger ERP systems. Failure to obtain a larger market share in foreign markets has hurt the company. The proper use of information systems by Ford will increase their ability to maintain a successful business in future years locally and globally.
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Increasing The Competitive Edge In Math And Science

Author : Janet S. Kettlewell
ISBN : 9781607090137
Genre : Education
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The U. S. is losing its competitive edge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Thomas Friedman warns that America is not producing enough young people in STEM fields that are essential for entrepreneurship and innovation in the 21st century (The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, 2005). Blue ribbon commissions and influential business and national leaders have issued reports on the seriousness of the situation but little collective effort has been made to advance solutions to the STEM crisis. Increasing the Competitive Edge in Math and Science lays out actions that can be taken by K-12 teachers and administrators, by higher education faculty and administrators, and by policy makers working collaboratively in school through college (K-16) partnerships to prepare American youth for meaningful participation in the twenty-first century science and technologically-based economy. If the steps described in this book are followed in states all across the Country, the resulting actions can help America to regain its competitive edge in science and mathematics.
Category: Education

Advanced Design And Manufacture To Gain A Competitive Edge

Author : Xiu-Tian Yan
ISBN : 9781848002418
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Manufacturing industry has been one of the key drivers for recent rapid global economic development. Globalisation of manufacturing industries due to distributed design and labour advantage leads to a drive and thirst for technological advancements and expertise in the fields of advanced design and manufacturing. This development results in many economical benefits to and improvement of quality of life for many people all over the world. This rapid development also creates many opportunities and challenges for both industrialists and academics, as the design requirements and constraints have completely changed in this global design and manufacture environment. Consequently the way to design, manufacture and realise products have changed as well. More and more design and manufacture tasks can now be undertaken within computer environment using simulation and virtual reality technologies. These technological advancements hence support more advanced product development and manufacturing operations in such a global design and manufacturing environment. In this global context and scenario, both industry and the academia have an urgent need to equip themselves with the latest knowledge, technology and methods developed for engineering design and manufacture.
Category: Technology & Engineering

The Brain Education And The Competitive Edge

Author : Geoffrey Caine
ISBN : 9781461654667
Genre : Education
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This book explains how traditional teaching, testing and schooling developed. It describes a more powerful approach to education that engages student brains much more effectively. It shows how great schools and ordinary people from around the world use this 'guided experience' approach. And it explains why public education resists change, no matter what research proves.
Category: Education

Knowledge Management As A Competitive Edge In A Global Economy

Author : Maria; Matsilele
ISBN : 9781477113653
Genre : Business & Economics
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The book focuses on how knowledge is being transformed and managed at companies for competitive advantage and as well as for economic benefits. Companies should take it upon themselves to appoint people who are capable of uplifting their knowledge base and enhancing their organization’s intellectual property; they should appoint people who are in a position to learn fast and adjust to internal as well as to external forces of change. Thus, training and development should form part and parcel of a company that is prepared to move ahead of its competitors. Through the right channels of addressing constant changes that are taking place in the market, the company should have a special way of doing business and of possessing special knowledge that will put it ahead of its competitors. The book is written in the academic format but can be well understood by readers who are not experts in the field, as academic jargon is used to the minimal. It is written in simple language which could be understood by readers who have a reasonable mastery of the English language. The book has 58 pages, 16 606 words; it also has 3 figures and 2 tables. The glossary is provided at the end of the chapters to assist the readers who may not be familiar with certain concepts.
Category: Business & Economics

Creating The Competitive Edge Through Human Resource Applications

Author : Richard J. Niehaus
ISBN : 9781461309697
Genre : Business & Economics
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This volume is the proceedings of a symposium entitled "Creating the Competitive Edge Through Human Resource Applications" which was held at Salve Regina College, Newport, Rhode Island on Jtm.e 16-19, 1987. The meeting was sponsored by the Research Coomi ttee of the Human Resource Plarming Society (HRPS). In developing the agenda, the Research Committee built upon the format of the first HRPS research symposium on "Strategic Human Resource Plarming Applications" held at the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. The intent in both meetings was on the linkage of the state-of-practice with the state-of the-art. Particular attention was placed on research studies which were application oriented so that member organizations can see examples of ways to extend current practices with the knowledge presented by the applications • The meeting has sessions on: (1) Reshaping the Organization for the Twenty-first Century, (2) Coping with Major Organizational Change, (3) Organization Downsizing, (4) Evaluating the Human Resource Function and (5) The Impact of Corporate Culture on Future Human Resource Practices. Thirty papers were presented with discussion sessions at appropriate points in the meeting. This volume contains twenty one of these papers along with an introductory paper. A short summary is also provided at the begirming of each major subdivision into which the papers are arranged.
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Managing Quality

Author : David A. Garvin
ISBN : 9780029113806
Genre : Business & Economics
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Compares American and Japanese quality management, pinpoints weaknesses in American production, and argues for a more sophisticated understanding of quality which can improve the competitive position of U.S. companies
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A Competitive Advantage And Strategy

Author : Rolando Idano Mesias
ISBN : OCLC:652956210
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This paper attempts to give direction to the organizational development of the Oro Savings and Sharing Cooperative, a community-based financial cooperative that entered the market where established cooperatives of the same type had been established for years. Even though it came later onto the scene, the Oro Savings and Sharing Cooperative believes that it has a mission distinct from the others. This research paper attempts to articulate this distinct mission and recommend strategies for how Oro Savings and Sharing Cooperative can develop its competitive advantage. To arrive at the recommendations, I compared and contrasted the existing open type coops with Oro Savings and Sharing Cooperative by soliciting ideas from members, officers and staff of the Oro Savings and Sharing Cooperative and from their counterparts in the other coops. Also covered were non-members and our funders. I observed operations of the various coops and asked questions in the process. I followed this with more interviews and distributed questionnaires, which were then completed by the respective respondents. From the gathered data, I learned that Oro Savings and Sharing Cooperative has its own unique potential, which, if fully developed, could be its competitive edge in the industry. This is very significant for the coop since maximizing such potential would enable it, alongside its major competitors, to play an important role in the industry and in the society as a whole.
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The End Of Competitive Advantage

Author : Rita Gunther McGrath
ISBN : 9781422191415
Genre : Business & Economics
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Are you at risk of being trapped in an uncompetitive business? Chances are the strategies that worked well for you even a few years ago no longer deliver the results you need. Dramatic changes in business have unearthed a major gap between traditional approaches to strategy and the way the real world works now. In short, strategy is stuck. Most leaders are using frameworks that were designed for a different era of business and based on a single dominant idea—that the purpose of strategy is to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Once the premise on which all strategies were built, this idea is increasingly irrelevant. Now, Columbia Business School professor and globally recognized strategy expert Rita Gunther McGrath argues that it’s time to go beyond the very concept of sustainable competitive advantage. Instead, organizations need to forge a new path to winning: capturing opportunities fast, exploiting them decisively, and moving on even before they are exhausted. She shows how to do this with a new set of practices based on the notion of transient competitive advantage. This book serves as a new playbook for strategy, one based on updated assumptions about how the world works, and shows how some of the world’s most successful companies use this method to compete and win today. Filled with compelling examples from “growth outlier” firms such as Fujifilm, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Infosys, Yahoo! Japan, and Atmos Energy, The End of Competitive Advantage is your guide to renewed success and profitable growth in an economy increasingly defined by transient advantage.
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Creating Competitive Advantage With Hrm

Author : Lesley Partridge
ISBN : 9780744627862
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This title will help you understand how developing people can create a competative advantage. It contains a range of activities and these activities form an integral part of the Human Resource Management and help you to apply what you are learning in practice to your business or organisation. This title will help you to deepen your understanding of some of the main themes covered.
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