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Dr. Willy Shih: Are We Seeing A Manufacturing Renaissance?

Courtesy Monadnock Summer Lyceum

Originally broadcast Sunday, July 27. 

Growth in manufacturing employment and productivity has improved significantly since the 2008 economic downturn. Is this a temporary phenomenon or a revival? Can American manufacturing recover from the off-shoring phenomenon of the late 1990s and 2000s? Harvard Business School professor Dr. Willy Shih will discuss how the stage is set for improved productivity across the manufacturing sector; potentially leading to a manufacturing renaissance in the United States.

Dr. Shih has authored and co-authored over 125 papers including “Restoring American Competitiveness,” which won the 2009 McKinsey Award. His recent book, Producing Prosperity–Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance, co-authored with Gary Pisano, focuses on manufacturing innovation. Dr Shih holds an S.B. degree from MIT and a Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley and has 28 years experience in industry at IBM, Digital Equipment, Silicon Graphics, Eastman Kodak, and Thomson SA.

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