Industry Market Trends

Experts Say the Future Looks Bright for Supply Chain Students

September 17, 2013

The dynamics of the supply chain marketplace are changing. Supply chain management as a field of work and study has been gaining popularity and prestige over the years. In fact, 20 percent of ThomasNet.com North American Scholarship recipients are currently majoring in supply chain management. Industry experts contend that the latest crop of students preparing for careers in the field have a bright future if armed with the right skills and resources.  Read More

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Partisan Gridlock the Order of the Day in Washington

September 17, 2013

After rising tensions in the Middle East froze the Congressional agenda for the first part of September, a temporary reprieve has put the domestic agenda back on track. But partisan and even inter-party conflict continues to stymie progress.  Read More

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Award-Winning Research Proves Green Companies Are More Productive

September 17, 2013

productiveTwo professors from the U.S. and France are the first-time recipients of an award recognizing research on the impact of sustainability on businesses and managers. Their work shows how environmental management systems (EMS) can boost productivity at large and small businesses.

Magali Delmas of UCLA and her collaborator, Sanja Pekovic of University Paris-Dauphine, are the inaugural winners of the Research Impact on Practice Award. The award is sponsored by the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS), which provides research-based resources for managers; and the Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) Division of the Academy of Management, a professional organization for sustainability researchers.

Their research shows that implementing an EMS such as ISO 14001 can increase employee productivity by 16 percent. The effects are largely driven by the training required in implementing such systems, the researchers conclude. This training drives improved interpersonal contact among employees across all levels.  Read More

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Thinking in New Boxes

September 17, 2013

In Thinking in New Boxes: A New Paradigm for Business Creativity, the authors explain why simply thinking “out of the box” is not the answer. True ingenuity needs structure, hard analysis, and bold brainstorming. In other words, businesses need to think in new boxes.  Read More

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Q&A with ThomasNet North American Scholarship Winner Christine Simmons, Welding Student

September 17, 2013

More and more women are considering welding as a career. Among them is Christine Simmons, a student at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, who is one of 30 winners of the ThomasNet.com North American Scholarship, announced today. Read More