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Trade, Agribusiness, Agriculture, Economics, Producers, Food, Manufacturing, Subsidies

Lugar Backs Fast Track, Free Trade, more Research to Feed the World

Free trade and more agricultural research are essential to meet the food demands of a world population expected to triple by 2050, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) told 200 Purdue University agriculture students and faculty during a recent visit.


Sales, Management, Marketing, Workplace, Austrian

Less Score-Keeping Produces More Sales, Study Shows

More coaching and less score-keeping by sales managers produces a more effective sales organization. That's according to results of a two-year study of sales effectiveness, "Improving the Effectiveness of Field Sales Organizations," by two marketing professors at Texas Christian University.


Holiday, Shopping, Retail, Outlook, Consumers, Spending, Unemployment

Happy Holidays for Retailers

This year's holiday retail outlook is about as merry and bright as it can be, says Jack Gifford, professor of marketing at Miami University.


Environment, Corporate, University, Science, Business, Government, Regulations, Sustainability

Sustaining Partnerships

Miami University's initiative to bring the worlds of business and science together to work on environmental challenges has undergone an evolution of its own. Originally an interdisciplinary course for business and science students, the Miami University Sustainability Project was seen as a way to teach these divergent majors how to talk to one another. Its inspiration? The corporate world.



Composite, Materials, Soybeans, Engineering, Deere, Agriculture

Magic beans: UD scientists, working for business partners, unveil new 'green' composite made from soy oil

A patent disclosure filed Oct. 27 by University of Delaware scientists describes a technique that uses soybean oil--rather than petroleum-derived resins--to produce inexpensive, lightweight and potentially biodegradable composites for tractors, supercars, bridges and military vehicles.


Agribusiness, Agriculture, Economy, Commodities, Farming, Technology, Yeild, Production

Perceptions of Agriculture Don't Reflect New Reality

Purdue agricultural economist Michael Boehlje [BOWL-jee] is constantly having to explain to people how agriculture is changing at the end of the 20th century.


Employee, Employer, Employee Moral, Workplace Trends, Jobs

The Two Sides of Employee Leasing

From 1985 to 1996, the number of leased workers in the U.S. increased from 10,000 to more than two million, but this cost-cutting measure may not make for good human resource management, says Dr. Carol Harvey, who is an associate professor of management and marketing at Assumption College (Worcester, MA).


Management, Maintenance, Production, Manufacturing

Maintenance Underrated Factor in Firm's Business

Managers seldom view the maintenance function as a competitive factor in their firm's business strategy. Nevertheless, as the U.S. moves towards just-in-time (JIT) and computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) an effective maintenance management program becomes crucial to a firm's competitiveness. So says Tracy D. Rishel, associate professor of production and operations management at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. She researches the impact of incorporating scheduled maintenance policies into manufacturing.


Trucking, Transportation, Logistics, Satellite, Communication

GPS Systems Benefiting Trucking Industry

The use of on-board satellite communications systems in the trucking industry has grown in the last decade. Tracy D. Rishel, associate professor of production and operations management at Susquehanna University, is researching the benefits these systems may provide for both careeris and shippers. She co-authored a presentation on the topic.


Employees, Manufacturing, Technology, Workers

Manufacturing Firms Need More Highly-Skilled Workers

Small manufacturing firms investing in advanced manufacturing technology will require signficantly more highly-skilled employees than their traditional technology counterparts. That's according to research by Tracy D. Rishel, associate professor of production and operations management at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove PA.

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