HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
REGISTER   |   LOGIN   |   HELP
Greg M. Jung
User Rank
Platinum
What are the Top Trends in Todayís Corporate Environment?
Greg M. Jung   3/29/2012 11:43:24 AM
NO RATINGS

What are the top trends or cultural changes within today's corporate environment?   So much has changed within the last decade it's hard to narrow down the list to just a few.  However, if you were to take a snapshot of today's corporate workplace, what trends (both continuing and newly emerging) would stand out and really catch your attention?

In an informal survey with several companies, here are some common themes that frequently appeared:


Get Lean – Companies continue to practice the mantra of lean to squeeze more and more productivity and profitability from less resources.  Some of the management tools being used are 5S, Kaizen, and Value Analysis / Value Engineering (VA/VE) in order to constantly eliminate waste.


Use More Off-Shore Engineering Resources – In addition to using off-shore manufacturers, many companies are also expanding their use of off-shore engineering resources.  Some organizations are now trying a 'hybrid' management model where the routine or simple sustaining work is routed to a design resources in Asia (under the supervision of a senior level engineer), while the more complicated or confidential work remains stateside.  High employee turn-over rates in Asia and intellectual property infringement continue to pose a challenge to this strategy.


Be Innovative – Many companies are now realizing that lean alone is not enough.  While going lean can increase profit, clever innovation is their key to new and rapid market growth.  These companies place an emphasis on individuals with creative and inventive skills that can propel their product lines (and profitability) to new levels.


Increased Emphasis on Conflict Resolution Skills - Cross Functional Management (CFM) teams can be a great way to efficiently and effectively develop products into the marketplace.  However, as upper management increases the number of simultaneous projects being developed, conflict frequency and intensity increases because key team members are being asked to complete multiple tasks at the same time.   One team member's number one priority might be the other team member's number fifteen priority.  In these cases, how is this constant conflict resolved?  Excellent conflict resolution skills are key in this type of environment.  These include outstanding communication abilities, proper management of expectations, and an emphasis on bonding and rapport within the team.


What are the trends that you are seeing?  Also, how should we in the engineering field be better prepared to respond to these new and continued changes?

 



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationís recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, 360-degree camera views, and the increased use of Ethernet.
With support from National Instruments, a group of dedicated students from Connally High School in Austin, where more than 50% of the students are at risk of not graduating, have created a successful robotics team that is competing in the FIRST World Championships.
Solar Impulse 2 -- a 100% solar-powered airplane -- has been completed. It features several advanced materials, some developed specifically for next year's attempted around-the-world flight.
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Lumus and eyeSight have partnered to create consumer-grade devices that offer all the prime functions of smart glasses without the bulk.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
3/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
2/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
12/18/2013 Available On Demand
11/20/2013 Available On Demand
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Apr 21 - 25, Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: April 29 - Day 1
Sponsored by maxon precision motors
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service