Business & Industry

Don't Let Squabbling Ruin Your Team's Performance

Although most people acknowledge the value of teamwork, following the principles of collaboration and mutual support can be harder than it seems, particularly if a team has members with clashing personalities or differing views. Here we look at ways to overcome team conflict and keep a company running smoothly. When coworkers have a conflict, the disruptions can ripple through the rest of the...

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Too Much of a Good Thing: Is Productivity Hurting Job Growth?

Rising productivity means the workforce is generating more output per worker, which many say inhibits new hiring. Is there a way that higher productivity can drive job creation? Many companies across the United States laid off employees during the economic downturn, and with the national unemployment rate lingering at 8.8 percent, it seems the employment market has yet to recover from those...

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Manufacturer-Distributor Relationship 101

With concerns over supply chain stability, manufacturers and their distributors must work together. GovPro.com's Mike Keating illustrates steps that some firms are taking and the tools they are using to make the partnership work. For TimberTech, the Wilmington, Ohio manufacturer of decking, railing, fencing and lighting products for residential and commercial markets, having good distribution is...

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EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future

Americans love their cars and love driving them. Let's drive smarter, and who better to give us the opportunity than the students in school today who will be designing the cars of tomorrow. Established by the DOE and General Motors, EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future is a three-year collegiate engineering competition that aims to educate the next generation of automotive engineers through...

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Battery Storage: Smoothing Out the Wrinkles of Renewable Energy

On April 14, 2011, Duke Energy announced that it will be incorporating a huge battery storage system at its new 153-megawatt (MW) Notrees Windpower facility in West Texas. The project is the largest wind-farm battery storage installation announced to date. The announcement highlights the advances energy companies are making toward incorporating renewable power sources into the electric grid in...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Receives Debt Warning

Plus: Economists Still Optimistic about U.S. Growth, Jobless Claims Drop and Renewing Interest in Fuel-Efficient Autos. S&P Issues U.S. Debt Warning Credit-rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) last week downgraded the United States' credit outlook from "stable" to "negative" due to mounting concerns over the nation's debt and uncertainty about long-term plans to bring down the deficit. Although...

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Duke Environmental Leadership Program Offers New Course

Duke University's Environmental Leadership Program is designed to improve the knowledge and understanding of environmental issues and leadership capacity among practicing environmental professionals and business executives. The newest course to be offered is "The Business of Green Building and Development," to be held May 23-25, in Durham NC. As part of the Executive Education Program, the 3-day...

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Light Friday: Where to Stand in an Elevator

Plus: Corporate Coffee Culture, Beware the Communal Snack Bowl and MORE. Corporate Coffee Culture Workers today are putting in longer hours, shouldering heavier workloads and depending more on caffeinated coffee to ease fatigue, stimulate awareness or elevate their mood. Nearly 40 percent of U.S. office workers say they couldn't make it through the workday without coffee, according to a recent...

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Integrity Risks in Global Investments

As North American companies continue to explore growth opportunities abroad, particularly in emerging markets, compliance and integrity risks appear to be rising sharply, according to a recent report. Regulation and compliance collectively remains the biggest risk to global businesses in 2011, according to Ernst & Young's fifth annual Global Business Risk Report. "Emerging markets clearly offer...

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Sustainability Spotlight: EPA Announces 2011 Energy Star Award Winners

The U.S. EPA is honoring a total of 111 Energy Star partners who have "demonstrated leadership and commitment in protecting American's health and the environment through energy efficiency achievements." Organizations of all kinds -- manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies and home builders -- are recognized in one of three award categories: Sustained Excellence,...

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