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Manufacturing in Massachusetts

Manufacturing has been on its heels, in Massachusetts and elsewhere.  There can be no argument about this.   The reasons for this (as well as the reasons, pro and con, for manufacturing itself) have been discussed to exhaustion elsewhere.  Massachusetts is taking some welcome fresh steps to revitalize the manufacturing sector.  Only time will tell if these new programs mean that we are finally going “on offense” with some strategic long-term solutions that signal a genuine new-found respect for a sector that is the source of so much innovation and vitality.

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October 9, 2012 Posted by | Business, Supply Chain | , , , | Leave a comment

SMB Research’s Top 20 Favorite Reads of 2010

What was the best SMB or technology-related piece you read this past year?

When we at SMB Research started talking a few weeks ago about what we thought were some of the most interesting and valuable articles from 2010, we realized that once again this year there has been a great deal of very good (however you define this) research and writing. If you struggle to find the time to read to read everything that deserves your attention, we share your pain.

To help you out, SMB Research decided to take a look back at some of what has been written and published this past year, and to identify some of our favorite reads.

SMB Research’s Top 20 Favorite Reads, 2010:

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January 5, 2011 Posted by | Business, Technology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Introduction to Supply Chain Management from ASU

If you are new to the world of supply chain management, there is no dearth of sources and resources for you to tap into to learn what supply chain management is, and what it means for you.  There are also no dearth of sources to find out where these resources are. Continue reading

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Supply Chain | | 1 Comment

The New Complexity Management

I have had a working assumption for awhile – we all have one or a few of these, don’t we? Something to keep the mental gears oiled and in good working order when our minds are not otherwise actively or productively engaged?

One of my working assumptions – stay with me on this – is that we are increasingly over-estimating our collective intelligence, and over-designing our world, our processes, our gadgets – our things – as a result. Continue reading

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Ideas, Technology | , | Leave a comment

Supply Chain Risk Management

No sooner did I finish reading this morning’s Wall Street Journal article, “Swine Flu Remains Mild as Vaccine Advances” when I saw former colleague’s Bob Ferrari‘s tweet and blog post about his upcoming session on supply chain risk management at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago. Continue reading

September 4, 2009 Posted by | Supply Chain | | 1 Comment


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