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The formula for innovation throughput success

July 23, 2014 -

For companies in the manufacturing industry, research and development is tremendously important.

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As is the case with just about everything else these days, the role of the CIO has become much more fast-paced.

CIOs must buckle up for the fast pace of change

July 21, 2014 -

The role of the CIO is in flux, and executives who fail to embrace change risk stagnation and, even worse, irrelevance.

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Is reshoring really going to become more prevalent in the coming years?

Is reshoring a real trend – and, if so, what’s fueling it?

July 16, 2014 -

Earlier this year, we reported on the findings of Capgemini Consulting and Penn State University's 18th annual study of the global logistics market, as outlined by FleetOwner. The study predicted the return of manufacturing to the United States in the wake of the outsourcing boom – a phenomenon known as reshoring.

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The focus on sustainability is enough to prompt some firms to create an entire executive position dedicated to the corporate effect on the environment.

The path to integrating sustainable practices at the C-level

July 15, 2014 -

In December of 2012, Forbes contributor Brian O’Connell took a moment to lay out several energy trends that would impact companies, including the price of energy, an increased reliance on renewables, the “greenification” of commercial buildings and the transition from oil to natural gas.

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Creativity is a central tenet of corporate success.

The recipe for a creative corporate culture

July 11, 2014 -

Culture is a critical yet often overlooked component of corporate operations. It can affect everything from the success of executive search and recruitment to the productivity and satisfaction levels of workers.

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The trend of bringing formerly outsourced production back home (known as "reshoring") is in part being driven by the equalization of labor rates across different economies.

Slow economic growth, labor rate equalization to bolster reshoring of manufacturing

July 9, 2014 -

According to Penn State University’s 18th annual study of the global logistics market, there will be a paltry 1 to 3 percent rate of growth in developed economies such as the United States over the next 12 years, which will in turn drive the return of manufacturing to American shores.

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The majority of IT executives don't perceive unknown security risks stemming from new tech trends as being top-priority.

IT leaders shouldn’t shy away from unknown security threats

July 3, 2014 -

Several high-profile companies have fallen victim to well-publicized data breaches over the past year and there’s been considerable buzz about IT security across virtually every industry. Despite this, the majority of IT executives don’t perceive unknown security risks stemming from new tech trends as being top-priority, and consequently aren’t dedicating as much time and effort as they should to shoring up their defenses, according to a recent Dell study.

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Professionals with a particular set of qualifications are likely to be the strongest CSO candidates.

Onboarding a CSO – and where to go from there

July 2, 2014 -

So, you’ve decided to onboard a new chief security officer. Whether this involves leveraging the services of an executive placement firm or launching your own internal executive search and recruitment effort, professionals with a particular set of qualifications are likely to be the strongest candidates.

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Three-quarters of surveyed professionals cited increased corporate risk as the impetus for change.

Risk management becoming a high executive priority

June 19, 2014 -

With concerns related to economic unrest subsiding as the country continues to recover from the Great Recession, risk management has risen to prominence on corporate executives’ agendas, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers Risk in Review report released earlier this year. (more…)

Big data could be just the thing to bring increased efficiency to the retail supply chain at a time when it's sorely needed.

How can big data streamline the retail supply chain?

June 13, 2014 -

In this day and age, consumers have higher expectations than ever before, and retailers are under increasing pressure to synthesize purchasing channels in order to provide a more streamlined shopping experience for their customers.
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Making culture change efforts stick

June 10, 2014 -

The findings of the 2013 Culture and Change Management Survey conducted by the Katzenbach Center at Booz & Company offer insight into one of the most important elements of running a successful company: Corporate culture. (more…)

Patient satisfaction should be a major priority for hospitals.

Hospital CXO position could hold solution to patient satisfaction problems

June 3, 2014 -

Patient satisfaction should be a major priority for hospitals, but all too often, the executives charged with improving the patient experience are unable to pay as much attention to this crucial factor as they should. (more…)

Today's Canadian shopper wants a cohesive omnichannel experience.

Study sheds light on modern Canadian consumer expectations

May 30, 2014 -

For Canadian shoppers, omnichannel retail is no longer just a nice perk. Rather, it has become a necessity – at least according to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers survey. 

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One-quarter of businesses are forecast to have CDOs by the end of 2014.

Unclear understanding of CDO role may compromise executive recruiting efforts

May 29, 2014 -

Typically, the first step of an executive search and recruitment initiative involves determining the requirements and parameters of a specific role. What will the executive’s core duties be? What experience should the ideal candidate have, and what skill sets should he or she be equipped with? (more…)

Most workforces will develop some semblance of culture even without corporate community-building efforts.

Could appointing a chief culture officer be the right move for your company?

May 23, 2014 -

Over the past few years, an increasing number of executives have warmed to the idea that culture should be a vital part of the employee onboarding and assimilation process, but Meghan M. Biro, CEO of TalentCulture Consulting Group, put forward an even more revolutionary idea in an article for Forbes.

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This is a time of great change for manufacturing executives, with a slew of new technologies coming down the pipe and some already being implemented.

Technology to change the face of manufacturing

May 22, 2014 -

The manufacturing sector is abuzz with chatter surrounding omnichannel – the latest and greatest approach to unifying channels and personalizing customer service in the modern world – and technology plays a crucial part in making this strategy a reality.

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Over the past several years, Twitter has become one of the most populous and well-known social networks, with approximately 241 million monthly active users as of February 2014.

How can CEOs find Twitter success?

May 16, 2014 -

Over the past several years, Twitter has become one of the most populous and well-known social networks, with approximately 241 million monthly active users as of February 2014. The site – which allows users to post 140-character messages, plus videos and photos – has become a staple of many people’s daily lives, whether they use it to stay in touch with their friends and family, keep tabs on their favorite celebrities or monitor breaking news.

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"Don't kid yourself; every company is a target," wrote Ron LaPedis, Workforce Continuity Strategist for SunGard Availability Services, in a recent piece for ForbesBrandVoice.

When it comes to data security, be proactive, not reactive

May 13, 2014 -

One of the latest high-profile data breaches to hit the news involved big-box retail chain Target, which has nearly 1,800 locations in the United States and more than 100 in Canada. An estimated 40 million payment card numbers belonging to the big-name retailer’s customers were breached over a time period that began the day before Thanksgiving and spanned several of the busiest shopping weeks of the year before the issue was finally identified on Dec. 15.

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Although some questions about the safety of cloud computing have come to light, top IT executives aren't unduly concerned.

Gauging IT executives’ attitudes toward security

May 6, 2014 -

These days, it may seem as if data breaches are an unfortunate reality of doing business. In November, news broke of a massive security incident involving approximately 150 million encrypted email addresses and passwords for Adobe user accounts, and a massive breach affecting upward of 110 million Target customers was revealed soon after.¬†Worryingly, those events were by no means the first of their kind to hit the headlines in 2013. (more…)

Although many CMOs believe their firms have a long way to go before omnichannel marketing becomes a true reality, they are mobilizing their efforts to get closer to this eventuality in 2014.

CMOs running into omnichannel marketing issues

May 5, 2014 -

For some members of the C-suite, the term “omnichannel” conjures up the idea of a retail supply chain united across numerous channels, including mobile, online and traditional brick-and-mortar in order to facilitate purchasing and streamline the customer experience. (more…)

According to The Associated Press, natural gas production has grown by nearly 40 percent since 1990.

Natural gas becoming a viable choice for truck fleet operators

May 1, 2014 -

Over the past few years, natural gas has emerged as a cheaper and more abundant resource than oil. Add this to the fact that the U.S. has significant natural gas resources, and it makes sense for an increasing number of companies – especially those with broad transportation budgets – to shift toward using this fossil fuel in place of diesel.

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The banking sector is behind the curve when it comes to understanding and applying big data.

How banking institutions can benefit from big data analytics

April 30, 2014 -

Compared to many other industries, the banking sector is behind the curve when it comes to understanding and applying big data. < !–more–> However, as Bob Palmer, leader of an IBM industry marketing team for big data, noted in a September piece for IBM Big Data Hub, this situation is beginning to change.

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The perks of establishing more transparent company-wide operations are manifold.

Why is transparency so important for executives?

April 29, 2014 -

Transparency in the workplace has been linked to a number of positive trends, including higher rates of employee retention, increased worker productivity and an uptick in corporate loyalty among staff members.

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More than three-quarters of SIIA survey participants (78 percent) said the social platform was "somewhat, very or highly effective in raising brand awareness."

Survey offers insight into marketing executives’ channel usage

April 24, 2014 -

Marketing executives are continuing to leverage social media, increasingly using mobile and feeling more confident about measuring the return on investment of their efforts, according to a recent survey by software and digital information content development industry association SIIA.

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Some companies are taking their onboarding efforts to the next level by focusing on a largely untapped element of executive recruiting - network fit.

Taking executive recruiting beyond cultural fit

April 23, 2014 -

Although it’s important to take culture into consideration when attempting to determine whether a prospective executive candidate will assimilate well into a company, some firms still find that they run into trouble even after factoring¬†cultural fit into their searches.

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