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Five rules of productivity improvement

by Torbjørn H. Netland If I should explain my research in two words, I would say “improving productivity”. Productivity matters The importance of productivity for our wealth and prosperity is well captured by the famous quote of Nobel Prize Laurate Paul Krugman [1]:...

How new technologies shape the future of production

by Torbjørn H. Netland How will manufacturing look like in the future? As part of my engagement as Fellow of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Production, I featured in a podcast about the future of production. Here is what I had to say about it....

Post COVID-19 Crisis Supply Chain

In a new white paper, Robert Martichenko, founding CEO of LeanCor Supply Chain Group, reminds us that JIT is based on inventory optimization, not inventory minimization. The paper, “Post COVID-19 Crisis Supply Chain,” also outlines how the public and the private...

Busting Myths about Just in Time

During the Covid-19 crisis, some have blamed “just in time” or “Lean” for the current (and tragic) shortages of life-saving items like masks and ventilators. JIT has been vilified after nearly every major natural disaster that has disrupted supply chains. Is this...

Green

Thinking with a green/environmental sustainability lens – Environmental Best Practice Environmental best practice and thinking with a green/environmental sustainability lens will enable organizations to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, reduce costs, increase access...

Lean

Lean Thinking – Operations and Business Management Best Practice Lean is a management system to maximize customer value while minimizing waste, a system to drive continuous improvements and efficiencies that utilise less time, effort and resources thereby giving...