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Project Title:

Making Value for America: Foundational Study
PIN: NAE-NAE-13-02        

Major Unit:

National Academy of Engineering

Sub Unit:
RSO: Whitefoot, Katie

Subject/Focus Area: Education; Engineering and Technology; Policy for Science and Technology

Project Scope
In the 21st century, “making things” (i.e., the production of physical goods) cannot be considered in isolation from innovation, product design, and the production and bundling of software and services--all are integrated global activities. To succeed in the current complex environment, companies must focus holistically on “making value” by producing positive customer experiences. The purpose of this project is to clearly define this new context by examining business best practices in the integrated innovation-design-manufacturing value chain. The committee will hold information-gathering meetings and subsequently prepare a foundational report that identifies the factors at play in “making value” with a sustainable business model. The report will consider the global value chain and the implications for the United States, addressing questions such as the following:

-What measures should be used to assess the condition of the value chain (including innovation, product design, and production of goods and bundled software and services) from the perspective of both companies’ competitiveness and national well-being?

-What are the trends of US-based design and development activities? Do trends in employment, productivity, and wealth generation associated with these activities parallel the trends in production, or are there particular strengths or concerns that differ from production activities?

-What business practices could improve the condition of the US-based value chain?

-What are some areas of the value chain that are likely to perform well in the United States in the future?

-What educational approaches could prepare the current and future workforce?

-What public and private actions would create an effective environment for making value?

The project is supported with contributions from the National Academy of Engineering Fund, Boeing, Cummins, IBM, Rockwell Collins, Xerox, and Qualcomm.

The approximate start date is August 2013.

Project Duration: 14 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 09/23/2013
 Meeting 2 - 10/15/2013
 Meeting 3 - 12/03/2013
 Meeting 4 - 02/27/2014
 Meeting 5 - 06/24/2014
 Meeting 6 - 12/04/2014
 Meeting 7 - 03/02/2015


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Making Value for America: Embracing the Future of Manufacturing, Technology, and Work
Making Value for America: Embracing the Future of Manufacturing, Technology, and Work: Summary