Barbara Arnn

More Growth Seen in Process Automation

| Barbara Arnn

Almost in spite of themselves, manufacturers in many industries will be increasing capital expenditures for plant equipment over the next few years, according to a recent study by Dedham, MA-based ARC Advisory Group. The process automation market, according to the study,

2005 Retail Outlook Solid, Not Stellar

| Barbara Arnn

The Ernst & Young 2005 Retail and Consumer Products Industry Forecast is out, promising a fairly healthy year for retailers on the one hand, and a certain amount of deflation for manufacturers. Steady but not spectacular growth in the economy

Brainstorming for Fun and Profit?

| Barbara Arnn

If you recognize a need to create a process for innovation within your own company, then Innovation at the Speed of Laughter: 8 Secrets to World Class Idea Generation (Aerialist Press, 2005, ISBN: 0-9762184-0-2, $24.95) may be just the tool you need. Author John Sweeney, owner of the satirical comedy theatre and school for improvisation Brave New Workshop Theatre in Minneapolis, has combined business insights and a passion for improvisation to write a book that shows how to help employees generate ideas, put them through a seven-step

Find a Better Street Corner: Entrepreneurs Turn Out To Be Non-Technical Generalists

| Barbara Arnn

As reported recently in the Stanford Knowledgebase newsletter, a 1997 alumni survey of Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA students provides data that indicates entrepreneurs are far more likely to have performed a greater variety of tasks, worked at more different careers, and studied a more broadly based curriculum than their non-entrepreneurial peers. Edward Lazear, who is Jack Steele Parker Professor of Human Resources Management and Economics at the Graduate School of Business, has studied results from the survey of 5,000 alumni and concludes that the appropriate term for the entrepreneurs in the group is

DIMensional Precision

| Barbara Arnn

It’s not just for carry-on luggage any more size and weight restrictions are getting tighter everywhere. Recent changes by major freight carriers to the

Distributors Lukewarm on IT

| Barbara Arnn

The mood of distribution industry executives facing this year’s IT challenges can perhaps best be described as waning optimism, judging by Forrester Research