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Global perspectives from MSCI


March 1, 2014

The Right Way to Build a Board

With excellence more important than ever, what to look for in  your present and future directors

Executives who presume that boards are not that important—or who believe that adequate board members can be identified primarily on the basis of their friendship with the CEO or major shareholder—need an urgent reality check. […] Read More

March 1, 2014

A New Kind of Co-Worker

Automation and robots creep into service centers but won’t yet replace people.

When executives at the Earle M. Jorgensen Company decided their Schaumburg, Ill., plant needed a major upgrade, replacing people with machines was high on the agenda. Manually stocking and retrieving steel products for the company’s […] Read More

March 1, 2014

Defense Budget Bumbling

The biggest impact of the much-hyped cuts may be the aggravating uncertainty.

Chris Gash“Defense contractors talk about it all the time” at industry conferences, says Joe Homko, senior director of manufacturing at Liberty Ammunition, a Clearwater, Fla.-based ammo maker that has sold to the military but mainly […] Read More

March 1, 2014

The Second Coming of the Panama Canal

As the expanding canal delivers a big bang for metals and infrastructure, its competitors are stepping up their game.

Mobs of bulldozers, excavators and strategically planted explosives have been blasting away at the Isthmus of Panama since 2007, carving the new Panama Canal between the Atlantic and the Pacific.By the end of 2015, big […] Read More

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