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It wasn’t all that long ago that Detroit talked of “the Japanese” as though the collective Japanese auto manufacturers were some sort of Godzilla laying waste to the highways, byways and American marketplace.
Columns Published: 5/10/2012
Fasteners, Facebook & Things That Matter
If you’re not doing value-added work, just what is it that you’re doing?
Columns Published: 3/21/2012
How Will Automotive Address the Employment Challenge?
Some automotive suppliers offer this advice on dealing with the current environment: treat current employees well to keep a stable workforce. That is certainly a good foundation for long-term success, and something that smart companies figured out a...
Columns Published: 2/23/2012
The Ebb and Flow of Supplier-Customer Collaboration
As we analyze the results of this year’s IRN supplier survey on price reduction requests and the dynamics of supplier-customer power, we have been thinking about the nature of collaborative efforts to reduce costs.
Columns Published: 1/26/2012
Liker Looks @ Toyota
No, not the numbers again—well, not entirely. But a book you need to read about Toyota.
Columns Published: 9/12/2011
Detroit’s Socialists
My first trip to the nation’s capital was in 1994, during the announcement of President Clinton’s plans to nationalize health care. “Hillary Care,” as it came to be known, was stopped dead in its tracks by the reasoned op...
Columns Published: 2/24/2011
GM's Crystal Windham: The Importance of Impact
During the past 15 years, Crystal Windham has worked on projects from the interior of the current Malibu to exteriors of trucks.
Columns Published: 5/20/2010
Innovation, Interrupted
The end of 2008 was a period of heightened drama for the auto industry, as some automakers pursued emergency loans from the lame-duck government and vehicle sales fell to unfamiliar depths.
Columns Published: 5/20/2010
Flexibility Now
Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to a group of manufacturing executives about flexibility.
Columns Published: 9/1/2009
The Current State of Commercial Relationships
As we prepare to conduct the seventh biennial IRN survey on price reduction requests, we have some theories and some questions about what the results will reveal.
Columns Published: 9/1/2009

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