Category Archives: Labor Productivity

Tesla–A different mix of employees compared to other car companies.

Elon Musk, the savvy CEO of Tesla Motor, has recently posted on Twitter his need for “hard-core software engineers” to work at his company.  His electric-car company is looking to add thousands of employees in coming years.  The company is … Continue reading

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How Boeing accounting works!

Boeing’s Key Mission: Cut Dreamliner Cost Discussion Questions: From the information given in the article, describe how Boeing’s “Program Accounting” works?  Compare this to the “Unit Cost Accounting” approach? What are the major assumptions of the “Program Accounting” approach? What … Continue reading

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Getting a job at Amazon is not easy!

Amazon’s Current Employees Raise the Bar for New Hires Scores of Workers are Deputized to Vet Job Candidates, Ensure Cultural Fit Discussion Questions: Describe Amazon’s process for hiring new employees. What is the key long-term goal of the process? How … Continue reading

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Pilot Rest Time Requirements Impact Airline Scheduling

Discussion Questions: What are the changes being imposed by the FAA on the scheduling of airline pilots?  Do you think these changes are needed? What will be the impact on airline financial performance measures such as: System Operating Profit/Loss per … Continue reading

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Tablet Computers Replace Workers in a Small Business!

WSJ – Updated March 27, 2013, 7:06 p.m. ET Can the Tablet Please Take Your Order Now? As Wages Rise, Employers Consider Replacing Workers With Technology; Burger-Flipping Robot May Be on Horizon By SARAH E. NEEDLEMAN and ANGUS LOTEN Carla … Continue reading

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Affordable Robots–Now available for the small factory.

WSJ – Updated May 31, 2012, 12:51 p.m. ET Robots Get a Makeover in Factories Next-Generation Droids May Work Closely With Humans, Perform Delicate Tasks and Even Resemble WALL-E By JAMES R. HAGERTY and MIHO INADA Robots in factories don’t … Continue reading

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The United Auto Workers (UAW) Union Will Try to Organize at Foreign Car Makers

UAW recently outlined plans to hire some three dozen student interns, that would be recruited globally, trained, and sent abroad to organize rallies and protests in support of workers joining the union.  The union has set aside millions of dollars … Continue reading

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