Books for Manufacturing Managers

Manufacturing isn’t all about car parts and industrial labor. It’s a complex process that involves excellent communication, waste management, business process improvement and more. To kick off a week of manufacturing themed posts from our guest bloggers, here are some books for the manufacturing manager.

The Busy Manager’s Guide to Delegation by Richard A. Luecke and Perry McIntosh

Don’t let a booming business be your company’s downfall. As the economy picks up, many manufacturing managers are left with too much work and not enough help. Set the stage for excellent results with an organized work flow that will keep operations, and delegations, running smoothly.

The ROI of Human Capital: Measuring the Economic Value of Employee Performance by Jac Fitz-Enz

Management of the human resources department is no longer just a human resources issue. Manufacturing requires extensive cooperation in a team environment. So employees who aren’t carrying their weight can bring the whole group down. Steer your company in the right direction with easy to follow quantifications that assess an employees contributions.

Outsourcing America: The True Cost of Shipping Jobs Overseas and What Can Be Done About It by Ron Hira Ron Hira, Ph.D., P.E., Dr. Anil Hira

Outsourcing isn’t just for call-centers and conglomerate bullies anymore.For some companies, outsourcing provides the facelift needed to keep up with the competition. Determine if outsourcing fits your needs and learn strategies to help make the transition smooth and profitable.

Pricing for Profit: How to Command Higher Prices for Your Products and Services by Dale Furtwengler

The first step to demanding higher prices is having the product to back it up. The second step? Having faith in the brand you represent. Pricing is one of the most essential aspects of manufacturing. Don’t let popular industry misconceptions and lack of knowledge ruin your chances and demanding the prices you deserve for the product you produce.

Coming tomorrow is a guest post from Dantar P. Osterwal on lean development.

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