Interview of Dr. Subramanian published in the Efficient Manufacturing Magazine

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A system approach to manufacturing

You will find here excerpts from an interview with
Dr. K. (Subbu) Subramanian, President, STIMS Institute Inc.

• What should be the ideal strategies to survive, succeed and achieve competitive excellence in today’s volatile global economy?

• What is the “Systems Thinking of the Manufacturing Processes”?

• Tell us more about your program with IMTMA to train manufacturing professionals at all levels?

• Can you brief us on your proposed manufacturing eco-system – an approach that can create synergy from all sectors, much needed for a sustainable growth in the manufacturing industry?

• How to set up a suitable supply chain eco-system and acquire capabilities for machine tool components so as to make the overall production more dynamic and growth oriented?

• What should be the role of a CEO in strategy and planning towards operational excellence?

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System Approach for Precision Components Manufacturing – Interview

This summer (2012), I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Krishnan, Vice President of the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers Accociation (IMTMA). We had a great conversation sparked by the current innovation pathway needs in the manufacturing industry. We discussed in detail how the System Approach could be the next wave in manufacturing, after Lean and 6-sigma approaches.

Below is a brief video of our talk.

– Dr. Subramanian

Education for “sustainable jobs and careers” – Why? What? How?

Over the past three decades, I have seen more individuals rise up to the top who are not the smartest (academically advanced in their education), or with extremely high industry/sector specific knowledge. Instead, I see those rise to the top, who have an uncanny ability to identify an “opportunity”, frame it as a problem in a broader context (as a system) and arrive at their solution using resources readily accessible near by or at far corners of the globe. They are also able to implement such solutions of benefit for those who have the capacity and influence to reward such solutions.

Those who are successful in any field today are all “IBMers” in our thoughts and action. This is what makes us connect and configure quickly and effectively on the problems we face in our jobs and careers. It is a passion to find a way to connect, define the “problem” and address it effectively, to make the world a “better place”!

Read more about transformational skills for the 21st century here.