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Master of Business Administration (MBA)


College of Business & Professional Studies

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Business Administration


Business Administration


employees, profit, earnings, management


Improving productivity has for many years been a major focus of management in the manufacturing environment. Traditionally the thrust of these efforts were directed at streamlining and automating processes, improving equipment through technological advancement, and designing products that would be faster and thus cheaper to produce. In addition to the aforementioned, much of management's efforts were spent on trying to make production employees more efficient and productive. In trying to improve worker efficiency and productivity, traditional management rarely sought any input from the production worker. While management was able to accomplish much through technological advancements and industrial engineering, it is now recognized that many productivity improvements and cost saving measures went untapped, because management failed to fully utilize their greatest resource, the employee. It is in an effort to compete against greater domestic and global competition, that management of many manufacturing organizations are turning to their employees for ideas and assistance. The vehicle that many companies are using to solicit ideas and reward employees for gains made is gainsharing.

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