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January 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 1

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Revisiting Pareto in manufacturing 

Revising your charts can provide clear communication to managers
By Michel Baudin

Turn your customer into a partner 

Learn how to make strategic relationships deliver value
By George F. Brown Jr.

Ready-made solutions 

The noble history of contests yields a way to multiply ergonomic improvements
By Len Walsh

Preparation meets strategic planning 

Organizations without a vision for the future won’t get there
By Chuck Parke


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • New manufacturing method could reduce size, cost of microelectronic devices.
  • Georgia Tech ISyE assists in crowd logistics for world's largest aquarium.
  • Industrial engineer from Pakistan bids for NFL team ownership.
  • Panama Canal expansion to change supply chain landscape.
  • Study: Hospitals need better tools for predicting patient readmissions.
  • North Carolina hub added to FedEx's operations in Southern U.S.
  • Book of the month: Breakthrough! A 7-Step System for Developing Unexpected and Profitable Ideas by Paul Kurnit and Steve Lance


Performance by Kevin McManus 

The six o’clock sweet spot

Management by Paul Engle 

The value proposition

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Realizing resolutions

Supply Chain by James A. Tompkins 

Supply chains from end to end


This month in IIE news

The January issue discusses details about IIE conferences in 2012 including comments from keynote speakers who will appear at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference in February; Highlights about IIE’s Best Practices in Supply Chain Management agile conference; An obituary for IE mentor James Barany; The calendar for University Regional Conferences; IIE's partnership with the Asian Network for Industrial Engineers; Pre-conference workshops for the IIE Annual Conference and Expo; and more details about the 15th Applied Ergonomics Conference.

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"Contrary to another common perception, the reason for this loss is not corruption, incompetence or disproportionately high overheads. … Communication breakdown is arguably the No. 1 cause of inefficiency in humanitarian operations, and our own assessments confirmed that poor information flow, not knowledge gaps, compromised effectiveness." 

– Bublu Thakur-Weigold, co-author of the December issue cover story, "Helping the helpers"


The best job ever 

The best job ever

Mark Wallace with UPS discusses why his job is the coolest job for an industrial engineer in this December 2014 Web exclusive.

Resurrection in Atlanta 

Resurrection in Atlanta

Members of the IIE Atlanta Chapter appear in this October 2014 video to discuss the value of a revitalizing the chapter.

Training humanitarian IEs 

Training humanitarian IEs

IE interviews the three co-directors of Georgia Tech’s Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics.