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Operations and Production Management

Computer systems that can help to keep the traffic flowing.

Operations and Production Management: Computer systems that can help to keep the traffic flowing

US journalist Doug Larson once joked: 'If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day weekend.' With public-spending reductions across western economies cutting deeply into road-building budgets and the number of vehicles on the road continuing to increase, the other 363 days of the year look set to resemble Larson's vision of Labor Day some time soon.

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Auto-makers square up for battle in India and China.

Operations and Production Management: Auto-makers square up for battle in India and China

Few in the motor industry underestimate the potential of the Chinese and Indian markets. As increasing affluence enables more and more of their population to move from bicycles and motor-cycles to cars, they are likely to account for a quarter of the world's auto sales in five years' time.

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Why 'peak oil' may not be just around the corner.

Operations and Production Management: Why 'peak oil' may not be just around the corner

Is the world entering the final years of an oil-based economy? The recent proliferation of nuclear-power stations, wind farms and solar panels is a visible (sometimes, far too visible) indication of major changes in energy supply. Nations across the planet are seeking to move away from oil, partly because many of the main sources are in politically unstable or unfriendly countries and partly because of fears over dwindling supplies.

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Dell seeks to turn the tables on its rivals.

Operations and Production Management: Dell seeks to turn the tables on its rivals

Few sectors change as rapidly as information technology. Consider this. Five years ago, Dell was worth $100 billion - more than Hewlett-Packard and Apple combined. Dell's market value today is $30 billion, or less than a third of that of its rivals.

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Time's up for the days of make it, shake it and break it.

Operations and Production Management: Time's up for the days of make it, shake it and break it

Make it, shake it and break it is the traditional way of predicting when the blades in a jet engine will fail. Aviation authorities like the FAA demand that manufacturers vibrate the blades on a 'shaker table' to mimic millions of pairs of take-offs and landings. The tests take months and are costly in terms of time and manpower.

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Lights flash amber for new green treaty.

Operations and Production Management: Lights flash amber for new green treaty

There are seven buttons across the top of the website of European low-cost airline easyJet. The default is, of course, ‘Book flights’. No surprise there. But the second most prominent, reading left to right, is ‘Fly greener – the environment’.

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Reasons to be cheerful - despite rising energy costs....

Operations and Production Management: Reasons to be cheerful - despite rising energy costs...

Is it our ideas that make us optimists or pessimists, or our optimism or pessimism that makes our ideas?

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When the nearly new beats the really new - remanufacturing and product innovation.

Operations and Production Management: When the nearly new beats the really new - remanufacturing and product innovation

Perhaps it’s a sign of the times, but modern product innovation increasingly seems to draw on the technologies of the past.

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Lessons  in success from three of the best.

Operations and Production Management: Lessons in success from three of the best

Outstanding policies in research and development, design, and health and safety are paying rich dividends for three organizations that have built worldwide reputations for good practice in the areas of operations and production management.

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Can electric cars ever be beautiful, sexy and fast?.

Operations and Production Management: Can electric cars ever be beautiful, sexy and fast?

With the price of oil sticking firmly above $100 a barrel, and taxation and congestion-charge systems being used to cajole people into driving smaller, more environmentally friendly vehicles, car makers across the world are battling to prove their green credentials. Nevertheless, few commentators were prepared for the announcement by General Motors, at the Detroit auto-show in January, that it would seek to diversify ‘away from petroleum’.

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Three different approaches to product design and innovation.

Operations and Production Management: Three different approaches to product design and innovation

We all own them - products that are so over-designed that we never quite master how to use them and only ever get to grips with a small proportion of their features...

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Operations & production management.

Operations and Production Management: Operations & production management

When it comes to grocery retailing, Spain's Canary Islands are like a throwback to the UK in the 1950s. Large supermarkets are virtually non-existent. Instead, groceries are mainly sold through Spar-type neighbourhood shops or family owned mini-markets. Almost all the main residential developments in the Canary Islands have at least one of these shops...

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