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Product Details

  • Series: Future of Business Series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071508309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071508308
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,565,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Make or Break

“This book lays down a challenge for manufacturers: Rethink your approach, make manufacturing a priority, or settle into mediocrity.”—JACK DENNIS, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer, Luxottica Retail Group

Make or Break goes beyond Lean and footprint optimization. This is the book to read before starting to reinvent your next-generation manufacturing.”—THIERRY CHICHE, vice president of manufacturing, Michelin Europe

“I loved the extremely wide scope of Make or Break. It offers a wealth of concrete anecdotes, combining a socio-economic perspective with sound operational science. It’s a concise, easy-to-read guide that people in all aspects of manufacturing will find illuminating and instructive.”—WALLACE HOPP, co-author of Factory Physics, Herrick Professor of Manufacturing; The University of Michigan

Make or Break is a timely and insightful look into global manufacturing that highlights issues and trends that every manufacturer must recognize and address to drive innovation and harness the potential of rapidly developing global markets.”—KEITH HARRISON, global product supply officer, Procter & Gamble

About the Author

Kaj Grichnik is a vice president in Booz & Company's Munich office.

Conrad Winkler is a vice president in Booz & Company's Chicago office.


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This is one of the volumes in "The Future of Business from Booz & Company" series in which the firm's senior-level executives explain especially significant developments and emerging trends within major sectors of the global marketplace. (Booz & Company is the new name for the commercial side of Booz Allen Hamilton.) In this instance, Kaj Grichnik and Conrad Winkler with Jeffrey Rothfeder focus on "the opportunities for manufacturing along with the perils [decision-makers] may face and the potential for overcoming them...[as well as] special trends that will affect manufacturing and the evolution of new production methods, techniques, philosophies, and strategies that could positively influence the performance of industry and improve global economic, environmental, and social conditions. We describe how current and future trends are conspiring to alter the dynamics of manufacturing, and explain how manufacturers can transform themselves to achieve success in a difficult landscape."

All of the authors of volumes in this series have the full benefit of a wealth of resources that have been accumulated during the completion of Booz & Company's client assignments throughout the world. The specific observations and recommendations that Grichnik and Winkler offer are research-driven and based on real-world information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Hsu on August 29, 2009
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Many US companies today are rethinking the outsourcing strategy. Manufacturing jobs in USA, have been down for
the past forty years. GM filed bankruptcy, and millions lost jobs in the past 10 years. But statistics showed that in-sourcing (keep jobs in USA, move jobs from a high-cost labor to lower-cost labor state) is a good solution. Using automation, quality re-engineering, and many other means, will increase manufacturing jobs.

This is a good book to understand these principles.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henry Fox on April 19, 2008
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This short book challenges us to revisit the manufacturing function in our companies,and provides an action plan for doing so. The book teaches us why manufacturing must be integrated in--and not a stepchild of--the company's operation, even for those outsourced components. CEOs and all department heads must get together and discuss the strategies in this book.
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By Ginger lang on March 31, 2014
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Overall I thought it was a very informative book. I had to read it for a class and found it surprisingly interesting. The last two chapters were a little dry though particularly the one dealing with the ISSR model. I'd recommend it.
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