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How to Overcome Three Obstacles to Accelerate Innovation in Manufacturing Operations With Bimodal

Published: 18 May 2017

ID: G00318121

Analyst(s): Simon Jacobson


A bimodal approach to manufacturing operations can enable continuous innovation without bringing operations to a halt. However, supply chain leaders responsible for manufacturing strategy will need to overcome three obstacles to help ensure their bimodal initiative doesn't fail.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Jointly Develop Risk-and-Reward Models With Factory and Functional Leaders That Favor Embracing Uncertainty
  • Widen the Innovation Paradigm by Making Mode 2 an Incubator to Develop, Nurture and Test New Processes and Solutions
    • Drive Mode 2 From the Bottom Up
    • Act Like a Venture Capitalist, and Promote New Partnerships and Lean Startups
  • Embrace Failure as a Means to Drive More Intelligent Learning
  • Develop a Cyclical Plan to Operationalize, Scale and Synchronize Between Modes

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