America’s Emerging Job Imperative

As discussed in prior issues, America is at a tipping point, somewhat analogous to those we faced during the...

published on: Jan 15, 2019

Happiness Becomes a Strategic Imperat...

With record low unemployment, maximizing employee productivity and retention is more important than ever before. And...

published on: Dec 15, 2018

The Brave New World Comes to Californ...

Whether you compare it to Huxley’s Brave New World or an info-tech reinterpretation of Medieval Europe or the...

published on: Nov 15, 2018

Strategic Competitiveness Drives Amer...

The United States is once again the world’s most competitive economy.  And despite recent market corrections, its...

published on: Nov 15, 2018

The Surprising Midwestern Boom

published on: Jun 15, 2018

After decades of decline, many rustbelt cities are making a big comeback. Where are the major opportunities? Where are the trouble spots? And what...

Business Moves Beyond Economies of Scale

published on: May 15, 2018

At least since the beginning of the Steel Revolution in 1871, economies of scale have been crucial to success in the economy’s most important...

Embracing MOOCs Will Close the Skills Gap

published on: May 15, 2018

Unemployment is at record lows, and skilled jobs are increasingly going unfilled. Bain & Company estimates that between now and 2030, between $5...

Machine Learning Impacts the 21st Century Wor...

published on: Feb 15, 2018

Most experts argue that machine-learning will seriously impact jobs, productivity, and our quality of life over the next few decades. However, there...

Additive Manufacturing Goes Industrial  

published on: Aug 15, 2017

A decade ago, additive manufacturing (or AM) began to appear in labs, workshops, and design studios, where flexibility, low turn-around times, and...

Corporations Prepare to Collect the Longevity...

published on: May 22, 2017

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

The Softer Side of the Skills Gap

published on: Apr 15, 2017

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

The Declining Cost of Distance

published on: Mar 15, 2017

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

American Prosperity and Full Employment

published on: Mar 15, 2017

With the headline unemployment rate below 5 percent, it’s often said that the U.S. economy is near “full employment” and a rapid, sustained...

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...

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