Operations & Policies

A year after the worst assault on the Capitol since 1812, the companies that pledged to use their political influence to defend democracy in its aftermath are under fire. ABC News, CBS and PBS have all trumpeted an Associated Press story charging that Fortune 500 CEOs’ commitment to withholding funding from lawmakers who voted against
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The worldwide spread of Covid-19 presented significant challenges to operations leaders in multiple industry sectors and regions around the world. Unprecedented disruptions in demand and supply, prolonged uncertainty and fragility of supply chain partners combined to require rapid response and sometimes heroic actions to maintain business continuity and protect employees. While it’s tempting to imagine
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The onset of the pandemic in early 2020 created an all-hands-on-deck moment across the North American headquarters of Switzerland-headquartered Roche Diagnostics, the world’s largest biotech company. Suddenly, the Indianapolis-based office was being called upon to supply six times its previous volume of polymerase-chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 tests, said CEO Matt Sause. “This had been a
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Today’s headlines feature the widespread effects of supply chain disruptions. Most companies focus on how to increase the robustness of their inbound supply chains, but the most important and urgent CFO task is securing and maximizing your company’s long-term profitability by managing the effect on your customers. Some causes of supply chain disruptions are transitory,
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With logistics spending reported to have hit $10.6 trillion last year alone, it’s surprising that some executives still focus attention on manufacturing processes, and not the supply chain as a whole to benchmark productivity. When doing so, organizations miss out on staggering cost-reduction opportunities. It’s common for financial teams to look at logistics only as a hefty,
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Once upon a time, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google were darlings in Congress and people’s hearts. They seemed to promise a dazzling new techno-future. But that relationship has soured significantly, as Facebook and Google have become platforms for deception as much as enlightenment and commerce. Fear over Facebook grew in the 2016 election with
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While the $1 trillion infrastructure funding in the bipartisan bill is critical and long overdue, even with final passage, the U.S. will still be faced with the hard reality that regulatory paralysis has made it increasingly difficult and time-consuming to get permits for major infrastructure construction projects. Consequently, infrastructure projects have ended up costing the
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Has Mick Jagger become Washington’s newest consultant? He currently has Washington D.C. singing his Rolling Stone magazine designated 100th greatest song of all time—”You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you find, you get what you need”—with him. On Wednesday, the heralded bipartisan group of Senators who have been negotiating the terms of
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Marc Braun’s departure from Cambridge Air Solutions carries import for U.S. manufacturing CEOs for three reasons, thanks to his reputation as an innovative leader. Braun’s just-announced stepping down this month as president of the HVAC-systems maker in Chesterfield, Missouri, is a significant change in leadership at one of the true workplace-innovator companies in America. Chairman
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In less than a year as CEO of Levenger, the provider of artisanal home and office products, Margaret Moraskie has been practicing her own fine art: balance. Among Moraskie’s tightrope acts these days are balancing post-pandemic openness with caution, external brand revitalization with the needs of Levenger’s internal culture, and her desire to establish more
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