Category Archives: Leadership

Human Resources for Manufacturing of the Future

Dr. John Psarouthakis

Executive Editor

There is tendency on the part of too many manufacturing professionals, as well as manufacturing scholars, to look at the enterprise as a simple combination of capital, management, and labor, while usually looking at labor as some commodity that can be bought and sold, easily obtained, and of little concern for our immediate or long-term future. Such an assumption is a grave error given the current and foreseeable human resources of U.S. manufacturing. There are several aspects to this general problem. One is the training and skills level of the existing workforce.

Conducting a survey of manufacturing employees as to what they need to do a better job the response invariably is: training of technical staff, operators, and supervisors.

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Real Participative Management


Dr. John Psarouthakis

Executive Editor.

Well, we have applied the “Better Makes Us Best” philosophy in JP Industries and the rewards were substantial. I would like to describe a few of our success stories.

I will begin by telling you what happened, as an example,  at one of the plants.

The plant manager decided there was a need for change – to meet the demands of the marketplace and remain competitive. We provided him with opportunities to review alternatives and he eventually selected a program the plant now called “Real Participative Management” – or RPM, which is rather apt in the Transportation Products industry.

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Apply new technology to old manufacturing


Dr. John Psarouthakis

Executive Editor

My goal IN BETTER MAKES US BEST (see previous article) was to apply new technology to old manufacturing processes, to transform underperforming companies into profitable ventures. Some of the underperforming companies we acquired were in danger of losing supplier status with their customers.

You can provide machinery and technology but if you lack employee commitment the formula won’t work. The buildings, the machines, don’t really do much unless people have the motivation, the desire and the know-how to do a good job. They turn it around. We provide leadership and creative management.

I wrote and published a book, describing the “Better Makes Us Best” philosophy, which was distributed free of cost to all of our employees – over 7,000 people at the time.

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