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Myths and realities of clean technologies

April 2014—Don’t be fooled by high-profile setbacks. The cleantech sector is gaining steam—with less and less regulatory assistance.more

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A new act for fracking?

April 2014—The latest wave of innovation could greatly improve production and lower costs.more


How resource scarcity is driving the third Industrial Revolution

April 2014—The authors of the new book Resource Revolution argue that high resource prices are spurring innovations powerful enough to unlock a new phase of global economic growth.more

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The disruptive potential of solar power

April 2014—As costs fall, the importance of solar power to senior executives is rising.more

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Are you ready for the resource revolution?

March 2014—Meeting increasing global demand requires dramatically improving resource productivity. Yet technological advances mean companies have an extraordinary opportunity not only to meet that challenge but to spark the next industrial revolution as well.more

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(Still) learning from Toyota

February 2014—A retired Toyota executive describes how to overcome common management challenges associated with applying lean, and reflects on the ways that Toyota continues to push the boundaries of lean thinking.more

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When big data goes lean

February 2014—The combination of advanced analytics and lean management could be worth tens of billions of dollars in higher earnings for large manufacturers. A few leading companies are showing the way.more


How technology can drive the next wave of mass customization

February 2014—Seven technologies are making it easier to tailor products and services to the wants of individual customers—and still make a profit.more


Robots mean business: A conversation with Rodney Brooks

February 2014—Industrial robots revolutionized manufacturing. The chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics explains why advances in technology mean much more is still to come.more

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3-D printing takes shape

January 2014—Additive manufacturing is evolving quickly. Senior executives should begin preparing for five disruptions that will accompany it.more


Leading in the 21st century: An interview with Ford’s Alan Mulally

November 2013—Automaker Ford was losing billions of dollars when Alan Mulally took the wheel, in 2006. Here, he reflects on his leadership style and his efforts to turn around the organization.more

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