Decision-making is often hampered by a complicated organizational structure where no one feels they can make the call, among other factors, say Aaron De Smet and Leigh Weiss of McKinsey. They identify and discuss the four types of decisions and what organizational actions need to happen with each.
Asia is the next high-growth area for DowDuPont's specialty chemical assets, especially as countries there move to higher-value chemical production, according to Executive Chairman Andrew Liveris. The company's planned split into three companies is on track, he added, though the exact timeline is being determined.
The Senate voted today to end the federal government shutdown, moving toward the passage of a spending bill that would ensure the government is open through Feb. 8. Senate Democrats agreed to reopen the government after Republican leadership pledged to tackle legislation pertaining to undocumented immigrants.
Clariant has expanded a site in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, that makes a range of products and has opened a facility in Saudi Arabia for masterbatch production. The Saudi site is part of a joint venture with Rowad.
The Environmental Protection Agency is working to streamline the air permitting process for chemical plants and other industrial sites, having set a goal to reduce the total time needed to six months or less. LyondellBasell and Total had to each wait more than a year and a half to receive air permits for Texas projects.
3M's charitable arm 3Mgives brings science, technology, engineering and math education into K-12 schools through several initiatives. The 3M Visiting Wizards program has been visiting schools near 3M's St. Paul, Minn., campus since 1985.
Researchers say they've developed a method of creating 3D-printed chemical reaction vessels that could allow for small-scale production of simple chemical compounds. "This approach will allow the on-demand production of chemicals and drugs that are in short supply, hard to make at big facilities, and allow customization to tailor them to the application," says Leroy Cronin of the University of Glasgow.
Giving feedback can be made easier if you explain why it's important and how it will help improve performance, writes Dan Rockwell. Many people don't want negative feedback, so remember to temper that with affirmation, he notes.
The Tetra dishwasher is small enough to sit on top of a kitchen counter yet can complete a cleaning cycle in 10 minutes while being remotely controlled from an app. The device doesn't use metal heating parts found in traditional dishwashers.
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