Can the leadership qualities and teamwork developed in the US Navy's elite Top Gun fighter squadron make a difference to productivity and prosperity in UK manufacturing? A former Top Gun commander passionately believes they can.
Productivity, profitability and efficiency many have been at the centre of how companies are managed for the past 30 years, but, increasingly, all companies - from start-ups to global giants - now pay attention to business sustainability.
The under-representation of women in manufacturing is an issue that is rightly being addressed through efforts to recruit more young women into frontline manufacturing careers in engineering and production.
Darren Hardman, president of Avanade Europe, explores a trio of still-developing technologies with the most potential to help manufacturing operations achieve greater operational efficiency, and then considers how to boost their individual power even more by integrating them into a truly intelligent enterprise.
Companies around the world are expecting to apply artificial intelligence (AI) within their organisations in the next few years but are lagging in discussions of the ethics around it, new research has found.