Book News Duncan, director of materials management for Mcdonnell Douglas, presents a predictive and analytical model that provides a framework to identify and evaluate trends in technology and the manufacturing environment, allowing readers to envision their organizations' future, and providing an opportunity to orchestrate the actions required to achieve that future. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Blackwell North Amer William Duncan, a technology visionary with over 20 years' experience in manufacturing, believes you must "anticipate change, initiate change, and shape change" to succeed in today's - and tomorrow's - global marketplace. In Manufacturing 2000, Duncan opens a window into the future for all managers through his refreshing, useable model for predicting trends, assessing needs, and achieving goals. Duncan's highly practical model is based on "thinking in three dimensions." It provides a framework for identifying and evaluating trends in technology and the manufacturing environment to create an accurate vision of your organization's future and the "critical-path" approach to orchestrating all the actions required to fulfill that vision, meeting every demand and change the future brings. Applying futuristic thinking to proven industrial practices, Duncan paints a detailed picture of the projected course of American manufacturing over the next two decades. His model is adaptable to any manufacturing organization, providing clear guidelines for constructing comprehensive strategic plans.