Corporations Prepare to Collect the L...

Over thirty years ago, the Trends editors began exploring and tracking the implications of a greater share of the...

published on: May 22, 2017

The Softer Side of the Skills Gap

When we talk about the “skills gap,” we tend to focus on the glaring shortfall in STEM skills and in blue-collar...

published on: Apr 15, 2017

The Declining Cost of Distance

For centuries, the cost of distance has determined where businesses produce and sell, where employers locate jobs and...

published on: Mar 15, 2017

American Prosperity and Full Employme...

With the headline unemployment rate below 5 percent, it’s often said that the U.S. economy is near “full...

published on: Mar 15, 2017

How Commercial Drones Will Optimize the Suppl...

published on: Nov 15, 2016

Drone vehicles of all sorts are becoming cheaper, smarter, more powerful, and more reliable.  When, where, and how will this technology enter the...

Competing on Customer Experience

published on: Nov 15, 2016

In a world where it’s more difficult to sustain a cost or product advantage, companies are increasingly focusing on the customer experience.  What...

Additive Manufacturing’s Path from Gimmick to...

published on: Aug 1, 2016

Like almost every revolutionary technology, additive manufacturing is taking longer and creating less of an immediate impact than its proponents...

The Next Era of Spectacular Start-Ups

published on: Jul 15, 2016

Even as the broader economy has barely moved, a small set of startups relying on online marketplace business models has realized unprecedented...

Implications of Real-Time Businesses and the ...

published on: Jul 15, 2016

The world economy revolves around people having jobs and supporting their families.  However, given the current pace of change, employees at all...

The Insidious Economic Drag of Crony Capitali...

published on: Jun 15, 2016

A significant institutional impediment to realizing the full benefits of the Fifth Techno-Economic Revolution’s growth is crony capitalism. What is...

Competing Via the Digital Supply Chain

published on: Apr 11, 2016

In recent decades, companies have looked to technology, lean manufacturing, and global production to increase efficiency and reduce costs. But these...

Infotech and the Twenty-First Century Workfor...

published on: Mar 16, 2016

As highlighted in prior issues, the embedded networked intelligence, smart machines, and robotics aimed at services as well as manufacturing will...

The Drone Revolution Is Coming

published on: Feb 17, 2016

A few years ago, drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), were thought of as exotic niche products for the military or toys aimed at...

The Return of Vertical Integration

published on: Jan 23, 2016

In recent decades, the trend has been toward vertical disintegration: Instead of trying to control all of the upstream and downstream activities in...

The Crusade Against U.S. Income Inequality

published on: Dec 19, 2015

In a December 2013 speech, President Obama described rising income inequality as the “defining challenge of our time” and promised that, for...

The American Manufacturing Renaissance Become...

published on: Dec 19, 2015

While many remain skeptical, the U.S. manufacturing sector has experienced a major turnaround since the financial crisis. What factors are driving...

The Evolving Role of Artificial Intelligence ...

published on: Nov 14, 2015

The 100-year transformation of artificial intelligence from a theoretical pursuit into an important component of our economic infrastructure is...

Technology Transforms the Industrial Workforc...

published on: Nov 14, 2015

Over the next decade, processors, networks, robots, and sensors will become dramatically more powerful and cost effective, while the institutional...

Digital Transformation of Business

published on: Sep 20, 2015

As we explained in Ride the Wave, the Deployment Phase of the Fifth Techno-Economic Revolution is all about using digital technology to transform...

Management in the Age of the Smart Machine

published on: Jul 11, 2015

As highlighted in Ride the Wave by Fred Rogers and Richard Lalich, smart machines combining artificial intelligence with “big data” and...

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