A sea change is under way in the automotive-supply, construction equipment, and chemical industries as rapidly growing emerging-market companies challenge the global leadership of multinational corporations.
Far-flung teams in the mining industry, working under unpredictable conditions, have long struggled to operate with disciplined efficiency. But an integrated automation strategy just might change that.
Many decentralized companies have practices that vary widely across sites. Correcting this—and implementing advanced techniques such as lean—requires a company-wide production system that establishes the right degree of standardization.
Activist investors are circling the engineering, construction, and services industry, spurring many developed-world companies to intensify their focus on margins, operational excellence, and cost discipline.
Private investors in infrastructure projects worry about such political and regulatory risks as expropriation, community protests, unfair taxes, and corruption. This report provides a 20-point risk-mitigation framework.
Growing demand for high-quality farm outputs, new sociopolitical priorities, changes in farming structures and practices, and developments in biotechnology will promote new business models in agriculture.