T.I. Chen Blog

  • 2009-03-17March

    Time to Market

    I am of the opinion that one of the advantages of globalization is shorter time to market. Why is “short time to market” important? Basically, I do not believe that anyone can predict the future with any level of accuracy. General trends can be predicted, but it is impossible to consistently predict actionable specifics that […]

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  • 2009-03-14March

    Globalization – What is it?

    Globalization has been used in context of nation to nation trade. In a more general sense the word can be interpreted as an entity incorporating the products and services of others in the development, sale and distribution of their products and services. We typically think of manufactured products and services, though one could make the […]

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  • 2009-03-03March

    Globalization & Collaboration

    There is an article in the March 3rd, 2009 issue of the Wall Street Journal (“Intel Turns To Taiwan For Its Push Beyond PCs”) which I believe illustrates the competitive advantage of globalization. Intel has agreed to share its microprocessor technology with a Taiwan based IC contract manufacturer (TSMC) in the development of new integrated […]

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  • 2009-02-24February

    Service Based Economy

    The trend in the United States is to an economy based more upon services and less upon manufacturing. Many blame this trend upon globalization or the movement of manufacturing to “low wage” parts of the world. Certainly to a certain extent this is true. However, another factor is the significant improvement in manufacturing productivity and […]

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  • 2009-02-17February

    Efficient Resource

    Globalization has been defined as requirements seeking the most efficient resource. We tend to conceptualize this as a nation to nation exchange or in terms of monetary measurement. I suggest that every time baseball players are brought in from the Dominican Republic, an orchestra conductor from Venezuela (Gustavo Dudamel will lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic), […]

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  • 2009-02-09February

    Globalization – Not necessarily just cheap labor

    In today’s Wall Street Journal, there is an article about the new version of the Amazon Kindle. This very popular e-book product incorporates a unique display technology which is supplied by a company based in Taiwan. In this case, global sourcing was necessary to obtain the technology and volume manufacturing capacity for a very critical […]

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  • 2009-02-02February

    Globalization – Pit Falls & Solutions

    Many of us have read various analysis of the cause of the current global financial crisis. I suspect that the fundamental culprit is essentially that the buyer depended upon the analysis of others to characterize the quality/ risk of what was being purchased (e.g. level of financial risk in this investment). The same situation occurs […]

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  • 2007-03-14March

    Globalization versus Supply Chain Management

    The concept of Globalization (requirements seeking the most efficient resource) and Supply Chain Management (reducing the amount of WIP – Work In Process – throughout the supply chain to improve overall efficiency) should not be conflicting strategies for manufacturers. What causes these two strategies to clash? The clash is a result of the overall lead […]

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  • 2007-02-20February

    Top Universities Put Instruction on the Web

    There was an article in the Wall Street Journal last week “Top Universities Put Instruction on the Web” (by Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ February 15, 2007) that I recommend. The article, as the title implies, discusses the efforts by several well known universities to post on the web instructional material taught at these universities. It […]

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  • 2007-01-23January

    Predicting Future Requirements

    I have managed Materials organizations for most of my working career. For those of you who are not familiar with their organizational duties, the Materials organization within a manufacturing environment; manages the manufacturing schedule, plans and procures the components used in the manufacturing process and combines the finished products to fulfill the customer order. The […]

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