The industrial sector is moving forward and growing after years of slow economic growth. Many manufacturing companies that have been in a defensive posture to protect market share during the economic slowdown now have an opportunity to expand their sales and other core operations that were slashed to reduce expenses. But the impact of the last few years has reshaped the manufacturing and industrial sector. Some important changes to the Chinese market have created a new landscape that may be deceptively different than the environment of just a few years ago.
Open-plan offices were meant to spur collaboration and brainstorming – keys to innovation. But new research says their distraction and links to employee unhappiness aren’t outweighed by the added interaction. Should we rethink the open-plan? Read this HBR blog and tell us what you think: http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/11/research-cubicles-are-the-absolute-worst/