Archive for May 7th, 2013

A recent college graduate survey indicates that a significant percentage of new grads are underemployed or have jobs that do not require their degrees. Most of the approximately 1,000 2011-2012 grads polled also claim that they will need additional training to qualify for the job they want.
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Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom

A new conflict minerals regulation is expected to affect more than 6,000 manufacturing firms and have a powerful ripple effect through the materials supply chain. Although the rule has drawn a great deal of attention, many companies have done little or nothing at all to prepare for meeting the new requirements in time. Read more

Performance management process diagram

Although they have the potential to boost employee productivity and engagement, there are few enterprise technologies more misunderstood (and disliked) than performance management solutions. Here we look at ways to implement performance management in an effective manner. Read more


Many companies have some method of supplier measurement or scorecard in place, but few are satisfied with the data collected. Why is it so hard to create an effective system that can provide actionable information in a timely manner to reduce risk and raise the bottom line? Read more


In The Power of Why, author C. Richard Weylman explains why having the best products and services isn’t always enough to beat the competition, and how companies can develop break-out strategies to succeed in their market. Read more

Rare earth magnets used in electronics. Credit: MagTrust Magnet Group Co.

Rare earth magnets used in electronics. Credit: MagTrust Magnet Group Co.

Few things have had as big an impact on modern technology as rare earth elements (REEs). Sometimes called rare earth metals (REMs), these are a group of 17 related elements which, despite their name, can be surprisingly abundant. They are found in a huge swath of technologies, including smartphones, TVs, light bulbs, glass, hybrid and electric vehicle batteries, steel and aluminum (as strengthening agents), medical and dental devices (including x-rays, MRI machines, and surgical lasers), wind turbines and other clean technologies, and so much more.

As ubiquitous as REE usage is, the supply chain for them is fairly limited. With fears of a possible shortage looming in the near future, researchers and businesses are looking for ways to cost-effectively reclaim and recycle REEs. Read more

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