As the founder of a Fortune 500 manufacturing company, I view the future with great optimism in terms of what it offers for business. But I also see that the edge of our prosperity is wearing thin. Our manufacturing base is eroding, and our technology is being used more fruitfully in other countries.
We will also see a dampening effect on the world economy as our economy becomes second rate in the next decade or two.
I am not talking about technology and manufacturing directly. What I have in my mind is the quality of our workforce and how it interacts with technological advances and manufacturing methods.
How do we achieve a skilled workforce that is dedicated and committed: Continue reading We are facing critical times in the USA Manufacturing: a perspective
Yannis A. Phillis is a guest contributor. He is Professor of Engineering at UCLA and the Technology University of Crete.
The following is adopted from:
“Fuzzy Measurement of Sustainability,” by Y. A. Phillis and V. S. Kouikoglou, Nova Publishers, NY, 2009, by permission.
An organization is an entity or purposeful structure with boundaries that separate it from its environment. According to Webster’s dictionary it is an administrative and functional structure (as a business or a political party). An organization pursues certain goals such as education (this is a university) or production of goods and services if it is a corporation. Organizations interact with their environment, physical, biological and social, they affect it and become affected by it. It is quite natural then that organizations play an important role in the sustainability of a region or country. Continue reading Sustainability of Organizations
From my own experience as a technologist, business executive and entrepreneur I can tell that:
The global changes that are occurring around us today create the need to zero-in on a number of issues that influence the course for success or failure if we do not take them in to consideration in our strategic and operational culture. Continue reading An Opinion on the Uncertainty of Today’s Business Environment