Monthly Archives: July 2012

SpaceX— a NASA savior?

July 26, 2012
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SpaceX— a NASA savior?

The SpaceX Dragon unmanned spacecraft docked successfully with the International Space Station on May 26.  The significance of this event lies in the unique public-private partnership between Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX) and NASA.  The NASA seed investment of $400 million has led to a $1.6 billion contract for cargo flight services for SpaceX.  These…

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Government-business agreements speed up access to new drugs

July 26, 2012
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Government-business agreements speed up access to new drugs

Government regulations regarding new medical device and drug oversight often delay significantly the consumer’s access to medical solutions.  In order to speed up the process, the FDA proposed a new program in which medical device and drug companies will pay increased user fees for more rapid review services.  Sharing the cost burden for appropriate oversight…

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Country of parts, manufacturing and origin―consumer purchasing considerations

July 26, 2012
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Country of parts, manufacturing and origin―consumer purchasing considerations

In this recent study funded in part by in part by the Margaret Mangel Research Catalyst Funds and Seeding Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Funds by the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Missouri, the author investigates the impact of country origins on consumer purchasing decisions.  In this particular study, the subject matter concerns…

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India remains the offshore service provider of choice—Portfolio strategy

July 26, 2012
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India remains the offshore service provider of choice—Portfolio strategy

Suggesting that India continues to be well-placed as a service provider, the authors make an argument for a new development in offshoring that they call the portfolio approach.  In order to shorten physical and cultural distances as well as take advantage of currency hedging strategies, Indian companies are setting up structures that include a centralized…

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The webpage print button

July 26, 2012
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The webpage print button

Whether printing to .pdf or to a printer, Printfriendly loads the raw webpage without unessential information such as ads.  Printfriendly is a web-based browser function that eliminates the clutter by permitting the user to remove images, text and selected print before sending the document for execution.  Original text size also can be changed before printing. …

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Another mind sharing application

July 26, 2012
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Another mind sharing application

As Pinterest rises in the user statistics for social media applications, another popular offer deserves a second look.  Popplet combines the best of the shared image board with mind-mapping possibilities using multimedia sharing including video, photos, images, URL links and text.  Using Popplet’s storyboard support, the application can be used to store and share research…

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Made in the USA

July 26, 2012
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Made in the USA

From restorer of statues in churches to mannequin production to themed carousels to seasonal decor, the Barrango Inc. has been in the sculpture business in the San Francisco bay Area since 1910.  As retail trends evolved, the company found it needed to change and adapt its offers as well.  Working closely with its clients, today…

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Offshore cost competitiveness threatens local manufacturing

July 26, 2012
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Offshore cost competitiveness threatens local manufacturing

Cash flow limits this small manufacturing plant’s access to new production methods.  Offshore competition from Asia threatens this French company that continues to operate without any investment in new technologies that could reduce the manufacturing costs.  With little access to investment capital, the company stands little chance for survival. Source:  Adapted from http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/business-studies/comments/costs-cashflow-and-closure-the-last-french-beret-maker Bookmark on…

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July classroom activities― Made in America

July 26, 2012
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July classroom activities― Made in America

Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Choose three video clips from the Hegeduz World’s “Made in America” series produced for the PBS Nightly Business Report and now available at: http://vimeo.com/hegedusworld/videos.  Compare the company histories.  Identify central success factors that these companies have in common.  Make recommendations…

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Family business for over 389 years

July 26, 2012
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Family business for over 389 years

The Avedis Zildjian Company has been the manufacturer of choice for cymbal players since 1623, when the family-owned business was started in Istanbul by alchemist Avedis Zildjian I. The secret alloy-treating process he developed continues to be used to this day.  The company’s closely-guarded trade secret is revealed only to specific Zildjian family members, who…

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