The Global Manufacturing Revolution by Yoram KorenThe concrete tools manufacturing enterprises need to thrive in today's global environment For a manufacturing enterprise to succeed in this current volatile economic environment, a revolution is needed in restructuring its three main components: product design, manufacturing, and business model. The Global Manufacturing Revolution is the first book to focus on these issues. Based on the author's long-standing course work at the University of Michigan, this unique volume proposes new technologies and new business strategies that can increase an enterprise's speed of responsiveness to volatile markets, as well as enhance the integration of its own engineering and business. Introduced here are innovations to the entire manufacturing culture: An original approach to the analysis of manufacturing paradigms Suggested methods for developing creativity in product design A quantitative analysis of manufacturing system configurations A new manufacturing "reconfigurable" paradigm, in which the speed of responsiveness is the prime business goal An original approach to using information technology for workforce empowerment The book also offers analysis and original models of previous manufacturing paradigms' technical and business dimensions--including mass production and mass customization--in order to fully explain the current revolution in global manufacturing enterprises. In addition, 200 original illustrations and pictures help to clarify the topics. Globalization is creating both opportunities and challenges for companies that manufacture durable goods. The tools, theories, and case studies in this volume will be invaluable to engineers pursuing leadership careers in the manufacturing industry, as well as to leaders of global enterprises and business students who are motivated to lead manufacturing enterprises and ensure their growth.
Publication Date: 2010-04-30
The New Age of Innovation: Driving Cocreated Value Through Global Networks by C. K. Prahalad; M. S. KrishnanNamed one of the "Best Books on Innovation, 2008" by BusinessWeek magazine From the greatest minds in business today comes a groundbreaking new blueprint for executing the next stage of customer-created value. C.K. Prahalad, the world's premier business thinker, and IT scholar M.S. Krishnan unveil the critical missing link in connecting strategy to execution--building organizational capabilities that allow companies to achieve and sustain continuous change and innovation. The New Age of Innovation reveals that the key to creating value and the future growth of every business depends on accessing a global network of resources to co-create unique experiences with customers, one at a time. To achieve this, CEOs, executives, and managers at every level must transform their business processes, technical systems, and supply chain management, implementing key social and technological infrastructure requirements to create an ongoing innovation advantage. In this landmark work, Prahalad and Krishnan explain how to accomplish this shift--one where IT and the management architecture form the corporation's fundamental foundation. This book provides strategies for Redesigning systems to co-create value with customers and connect all parts of a firm to this process Measuring individual behavior through smart analytics Ceaselessly improving the flexibility and efficiency in all customer-facing and back-end processes Treating all involved individuals--customers, employees, investors, suppliers--as unique Working across cultures and time-zones in a seamless global network Building teams that are capable of providing high-quality, low-cost solutions rapidly To successfully compete on the battlefields of 21st-century business, companies must reinvent their processes and culture in order to sustain innovative solutions. The New Age of Innovation is a complete program for achieving this transformation to meet the needs of the end consumer of the future.
Mechanical Engineers' Handbook, Volume 3 by Myer Kutz (Editor)Full coverage of manufacturing and management in mechanical engineering Mechanical Engineers' Handbook, Fourth Edition provides a quick guide to specialized areas that engineers may encounter in their work, providing access to the basics of each and pointing toward trusted resources for further reading, if needed.
Publication Date: 2015-02-02
Manufacturing by Zainul HudaThis unique book is equally useful to both engineering-degree students and production engineers practicing in industry. The volume is designed to cover three aspects of manufacturing technology: (a) fundamental concepts, (b) engineering analysis/mathematical modeling of manufacturing operations, and (c) 250+ problems and their solutions.