In addition to our four recurring reports, The Manufacturing Institute does many one-time reports on important issues facing manufacturers.  Those reports can be found below.


2015 Women in Manufacturing Study: Exploring the gender gap

The women in manufacturing study was commissioned by The Manufacturing Institute, APICS, and Deloitte to understand why manufacturing isn’t attracting, retaining, and advancing its fair share of talented women. It is based on the survey responses of over 600 women professionals predominately across the manufacturing industry, gaining their perspectives on how companies can effectively recruit, retain and advance talented women.

Celebrating Success, Achievement and Potential of Women in Manufacturing 

Building upon the women in manufacturing research previously published by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, senior executives representing automotive, aerospace and defense, process, and diversified manufacturing participated in an executive roundtable on February 6, 2014. They discussed women in the manufacturing industry and initiatives to help close the gender gap, including how manufacturers can best attract, retain and advance talented women in the industry. The challenges and opportunities to integrate more women into the manufacturing workforce discussed at the roundtable are illustrated in the study, “Celebrating success, achievement and potential of women in manufacturing: A leadership view of overcoming the talent crisis and filling the skills gap.”

Global Responses to the Skills Gap: Emerging Lessons

In November 2012, The Manufacturing Institute, Alcoa Foundation, and Deloitte hosted Talent-Driven Innovation: A Global Symposium on Best Practices for Growth. A critical outcome of the Global Symposium was the call to collect best practices to inform business leaders, policymakers, and educators about what has been tried and what works. Together with Alcoa Foundation and the Atlantic Council, “Global Responses to the Skills Gap: Emerging Lessons” is an initial effort to gather those lessons. It looks primarily at the evolution of government programs over the last several years, with special focus on the trends in how businesses and government are increasingly working together.

This report was sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation.

National Survey on the Value of Credentialed Workforce

The Manufacturing Institute and MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, partnered on a study conducted a survey to assess the perceived value and the use of industry-endorsed certifications in the advanced manufacturing workplace. The goal was to gain an improved understanding of the use of industry certifications by manufacturers to validate the qualifications of both new hires and incumbent workers seeking advancement opportunities. The focus was on entry and middle-skill jobs that typically require at least a high-school diploma but less than a four-year degree.

This report was sponsored by the Joyce Foundation.

Aviation’s Second Golden Age: Can the US aircraft industry maintain leadership? 

The Manufacturing Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers partnered on a study examining the U.S. civil aviation manufacturing sector.  The report highlights pressing issues, including three top-of-mind that U.S. aerospace companies must address to maintain their leadership positions and competitive edges: globalization pressure, talent management shortfall and innovation challenges across a complex supply and product chain.

This report is the first in a new series the Institute will produce with PwC focusing on specific sectors of manufacturing and how the resurgence in U.S. manufacturing is impacting those sectors.

Moving Systemic Reform across 12 States to Implement Nationally Portable, Industry-Recognized Credentials in Advanced Manufacturing 

The Manufacturing Institute and Kennedy Consulting conducted an evaluation is to quantify the value of skills certifications to educators and employers, and to recommend improvements to the process flow that can be incorporated into future project activities as skills certification efforts grow nationwide. The evaluation tracked the progress of the 12 states involved in the project: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

This report was sponsored by the Lumina Foundation.

Women in Manufacturing: Untapped Resource 

The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte conducted a survey of women in manufacturing to understand their perceptions of the industry, their reasons for pursuing a manufacturing career, and their thoughts on attracting more women to careers in manufacturing.  The report also includes a set of strategies for recruiting, retaining, and advancing women in manufacturing.

This report was created as part of the larger STEP Ahead Initiative sponsored by the Institute, Deloitte, the University of Phoenix, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Roadmap for Manufacturing Education

With support from Lumina Foundation for Education, The Manufacturing Institute presents a special report on the need for new models and different approaches to manufacturing education. The report focuses on the challenges and opportunities as it relates to articulation and transfer of credit between two-year and four-year schools, with an emphasis on embedded industry-recognized certifications.

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Roadmap to Education Reform for Manufacturing

The Roadmap to Education Reform for Manufacturing lays out six principles for innovative reform, including moving to competency-based education; establishing and expanding industry-education partnerships; infusing technology in education; creating excitement for manufacturing careers; applying manufacturing principles like "lean" to reduce education costs; and, expanding successful youth development programs.


Manufacturing Skills Certifications: Employer Perspectives

In collaboration with The Manufacturing Institute, the University of Phoenix presents a special report on the value and effectiveness of a manufacturing-specific skills certification system endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers. The report identifies the barriers to implementing a standard credentialing system and the roles that industry and higher education can play in engaging and developing a superior-quality workforce. Can manufacturing-specific skills certifications improve hiring practices so American businesses can remain dynamic and preserve their competitive edge?


The Innovation Imperative in Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Institute, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the National Association of Manufacturers have partnered to develop a broad research study that looks at both the business outcomes of innovation and government's ability to encourage and support innovation through public policy. The report, drawn from a survey of more than 1,000 senior executives, in-depth interviews with 30 executives, and a comparison of 110 countries and all 50 U.S. states, suggests concrete actions that states and countries can take to help manufacturing companies drive innovation.


People and Profitability

The study, conducted in May 2009 by The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, and Oracle, analyzes the future importance and current performance of people management practices relative to a manufacturer's business success. It also reveals the challenges manufacturers are facing with talent shortages and offers strategies to address them.


Forging New Partnerships: How to Thrive in Today's Global Value Chain

This report from The Manufacturing Institute and RSM McGladrey addresses the rise of globalization and its impact on Small and Medium Manufacturers. "Forging New Partnerships" examines internal management issues that SMMs face as well as their abilities to take advantage of economic changes at home and abroad.


The Business Case on Investing in Early Childhood Education

Recent studies show that reaching children before kindergarten is essential to their lifetime success. The studies use simulation models of the U.S. state and national economies to estimate the long-term effects of implementing proven early childhood development programs. The findings show that these programs would grow jobs, increase earnings, and boost future GDP and government revenues.


Women in Manufacturing, a Booklet of Best Practices

The Women in Manufacturing group of the National Association of Manufacturers was created by an informal gathering of women who "convened" themselves at NAM board meetings to discuss the challenges of recruiting more women into careers in the manufacturing economy. More recently, the group has coalesced into a break-out group of the NAM board and an open invitation is extended to all who want to participate. The group has focused on promoting manufacturing as a career option for young women who may not know of or understand opportunities available in this great industry. As a start to that work, the NAM created a "Best Practices" brochure that spotlights what many of our companies are doing to support and promote women.

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Innovation in Manufacturing

In light of the importance of innovation to the future of manufacturing in the United States, The Manufacturing Institute and Accenture partnered to develop a best practices guide that would facilitate business insights into the management and execution of an innovation culture. The new report addresses three misconceptions that often delay or hobble the development of innovations within companies: 1) It's not true that innovation stems only from new technology or products; 2) Innovation is not just a long-term project; and 3) Innovation is not random but is a discipline.


Made in North America

This report, released by The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), is a survey of leading manufacturers in Canada, Mexico, and the United States that explores the impact of globalization on North American manufacturing productivity, competitiveness, and profitability. It is a first step to help North American manufacturers better assess current strengths and options for future competitive strategies and tactics.

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