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Is Now the Time to Re-evaluate Where Products Are Manufactured?

China manufactures the majority of the typical products that we (the US population and most of the developed world) purchase, consume and otherwise acquire. Maybe that is not entirely true, especially with autos, as we purchase a great many products from Japan and Europe. But we must recognize that many of the parts that go[…]

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Now Is The Time For Vision And Imagination, And Boards Should Be Leading The Way

My early mentor in the business world was Jim Taylor. Jim shaped a lot of my thinking on the world and internationalism, especially regarding business and the holistic relationship between seemingly unrelated events. When I met Jim he just finished a decade (approximately the 1970’s) at the helm of Booz, Allen & Co. It was[…]

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Mega Projects, Politics and Investment – Are These Concepts Mutually Exclusive?

Public Infrastructure and Energy Infrastructure projects, today’s so-called Mega Projects, require some of the largest engineering and construction investments seen to date. Mega Projects (projects nominally costing $1 Billion and up) are an essential aspect of our economies, improving the quality of our lives while encouraging the kind of constant technological improvements that make our[…]

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Facilitated Negotiations – A Best Practice for Contract Administration?

During the last three years, many projects and programs of projects with which I have been involved have used an increasingly popular and effective contract administration technique called Facilitated Negotiations – especially when the contracting methodology employed was some version of unit price contract or cost reimbursable contract with multiple contractors or a construction manager.[…]

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Infrastructure Sustainability, a Greener Future and Engineering in Construction – Stimulus Funding Isn’t a Substitute for Vision.

Howdy! In the middle of October I attended the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Industry Leaders Council meeting in Washington DC. Generally the discussions were centered on issues of infrastructure spending and sustainability. The ASCE 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure had given the nation’s infrastructure an overall grade of “D – Poor.” the[…]

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Governance is Only Management Coupled with Good Sense

Good day! Last week during 2 intensive days of Governance certification training on the concepts and responsibilities of a Board of Directors in governing an organization, I found myself reflecting on all the current media rhetoric regarding the way businesses have let the world down. Their conclusion: The abused world must have more government intervention[…]