A&D’s workforce: closing the gap on diversity and inclusion

April 23, 2019
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By Robert Ginzel, John Karren and Cristina Fasano CEOs in the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) sector know they need to keep forging ahead with their diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives. Yet, the percentage of women in the A&D workforce has been stuck at around 24 percent since 2014 (with a slight dip in 2016). The […]

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Will blockchain change the aerospace industry?

April 17, 2019
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By Scott Thompson and Rachel Parker Sealy The complexity of modern aircraft can be staggering. A typical single-aisle commercial jet is made up of several hundred thousand parts while a superjumbo can contain one million or more. With 40,000 commercial aircraft projected to enter service over the next 20 years, the total number of components […]

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The USMCA: Industrials’ First Step — Taking a Close Look at Materials

March 26, 2019
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By Rajiv Jetli and Kevin Smith The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has potentially far-reaching implications for industrial companies. Assuming the pact, a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), is ratified by all three countries’ legislatures next year, its provisions won’t be fully enforceable until 2023. Four years may seem like a long […]

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Can we really measure diversity and inclusion?

March 19, 2019
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By Jeff Sorensen and Carolyn Lee When assessing diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs, you have to figure out where you are before you can decide where you want to go. This means measuring the progress of D&I policies in all facets of an organization: employee recruitment, hiring, retention, promotions, leadership involvement and even exits. Only […]

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Manufacturers: Can blockchain fix your pain points?

March 5, 2019
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By Jeff Sorensen Interest in the transformative potential of blockchain has never been greater. Though the highest-profile uses for the technology so far have been in the financial services sector, executives across industries and around the world are asking themselves whether it can make a difference for their businesses. Indeed, when we surveyed 600 executives […]

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Decline in December housing starts

February 26, 2019
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By Scott Volling After an almost 6-week delay as a result of the government shutdown, December housing starts were released today.  Originally planned for release on January 17th, December starts came in at 1,078,000, almost 11% below December 2017 levels and almost 14% below the consensus number of 1,250,000.  Permits fared better at 1,326,000 for […]

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Talking Tax rewind: Impact of midterm elections and budget deficit on tax legislation, trade policy, and tax reform regulatory guidance

February 19, 2019
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By John Livingstone I recently hosted the latest installment of our popular quarterly ‘Talking Tax’ webcast series. This episode covered a number of relevant topics, including the impact of the 2018 midterm elections and the increasing budget deficit on tax legislation, trade policy, and recently released final and proposed regulatory guidance around the 2017 tax […]

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The new trade era unleashes a flood of strategic questions for the C-Suite

February 7, 2019
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By Rajiv Jetli and Sebastian de Meel As the contours of global trade shift around new pacts and policies — including the newly forged U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), US-China tariffs, and the on-going Transpacific Partnership — top executives are beset by a growing list of questions about how they’ll respond. Indeed, the calculus of cross-border trade […]

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The Fight for the Future of Mobility

February 4, 2019
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By Brandon Mason January is a hectic month for the automotive industry. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where autonomous vehicles have been increasingly prominent in recent years, kicks off a three-week stretch that also includes the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and Automotive News World Congress (ANWC), both in Detroit, and […]

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Who are the high-leverage innovators in Chemicals & Energy?

January 31, 2019
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By Barry Jaruzelski and Sarah Rodriguez Certain companies consistently outperform their competitors. How do they do this? In our 2018 Global Innovation 1000 study, which includes the 1,000 publicly held companies that spent the most on research and development, we looked at R&D spending trends and financial results over the last 15 years. We found […]

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