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1st Edition

Strategy + Teamwork = Great Products
Management Techniques for Manufacturing Companies

ISBN 9781482260106
Published October 24, 2014 by Productivity Press
144 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Most books on manufacturing focus on production. This book is different; it describes techniques for excelling in engineering design, marketing strategies, and customer service inside a manufacturing company. Managing a successful manufacturing company in today’s competitive global economy requires teamwork between the above disciplines. It is no longer enough just to be efficient on the production floor.

Manufacturing companies employ hundreds and in many cases thousands of people with different skill sets, ideas, and values. Strategy + Teamwork = Great Products: Management Techniques for Manufacturing Companies explains how to mold employees from various walks of life into a cohesive and successful manufacturing team.
It describes the best methods and programs to do that and includes examples that illustrate how to do so.

After reading this book, you will understand how to avoid common pitfalls and steer clear of useless fads that can be destructive to your organization. The book details powerful methods for motivating people, reducing costs, and improving strategic decision making. It also identifies the role of human resources in providing the training required to help manufacturing management in their tasks.

Managing a manufacturing company is about running a business rather than just producing parts and assembling them. That is why this book starts at the top—outlining the duties of the Board of Directors and going on to describe the strategic roles and responsibilities of marketing, engineering, manufacturing engineering, and human resources.

Describing how to best organize your manufacturing company, this book not only outlines management theories relevant to a successful organization, it also gets down to the nitty-gritty implementation of processes and practices with potential application across a wide range of manufacturing organizations.

Table of Contents

Role of the Board of Directors

Role of the CEO

Art of Promotion
Art of Demotion or Firing
How to Survive as a CEO
Ten Commandments for the CEO

Creating the Business Plan
Strategic Plan
Importance of the Right Strategy
Creating the Business Plan

Corporate Culture
Deliver on Your Promises
Discipline in the Organization
Close Supervision
Chain of Command
Attainable Goals
Mission Statement
Span of Control
Flat Organization
Summary of Corporate Culture


Organization of Large Corporations

Manufacturing Strategies
Outsourcing and Make or Buy Strategies
Capital Expenditures
Manufacturing Constraints
Cost Reduction
Materials Systems and Supply Chain Management
Office Layouts


Quality Control

Controlling Overhead

Wage and Salary Administration

Performance Reviews
Performance Review Form

Motivation and Productivity

Benefits and Incentives

Role of Engineering

Marketing and Sales

Financial Controls

Human Resources and Training



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Frederick Parker was born in Hungary and escaped communist rule in 1949 when he immigrated to Australia. He received his degree in industrial engineering at the University of New South Wales. After moving to America, he specialized in manufacturing management and turnaround situations for several hi-tech companies, including corporate strategies for international companies.

Parker was general manager of a large international telecommunication company in Silicon Valley, in charge of 1,200 employees, shipping $500 million of hi-tech equipment from a 300,000-square-foot factory. He achieved 55 percent gross margins. When he was promoted to corporate vice president of operations, he was asked to research and formulate the manufacturing strategy for this international corporation. At that time, the company had factories all over the world. In that strategic role, Parker studied the latest trends in world-class manufacturing before implementing his plans for the corporation.

Parker also built and managed factories in Mexico and later as vice president of operations took part of taking a company public. The year after that public offering, the company’s stock was the largest percentage gainer on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Before retiring and writing this book, Parker consulted for several companies that relied on his expertise of new product introduction and cost reduction.

Strategy +Teamwork is based on his 40 years of experience in manufacturing management and his strong desire to pass on the wisdom he gained in confronting difficult problems in the competitive global environment. Parker is consulting part time and lives in San Diego with his wife and has two children and three grandchildren.

He also wrote a book on bridge, Win at Duplicate Bridge, and he enjoys playing bridge, golf, chess, and writing articles.