Here’s an interesting editorial commenting on the position of the US in the latest Global Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum that I found particularly interesting.
At the very outset of the article, the author is quick to point to increased productivity in US factories through the employment of automation and Lean Manufacturing as the problem for American workers. This started me thinking about the implications of implementing lean considering only short term goals. Are North American laborers facing increasing layoffs and huge cuts to pay and benefits because increases in productivity have striped away their jobs or have we not planned ahead effectively enough to employ these resources to grow the business? It just seems so foolish to not have a plan.
There are some good links to the Global Competitiveness Report and some other sources at the end of the article.
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