DEALING WITH IT by ProQuest

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The recent turmoil over the status and future of the US economy has likely been a frequent driver of conversation and decision making from the kitchen table to the corporate boardroom. One of the most common signs of an economic recession -- job cuts -- have been reported in high numbers as well as high frequency. While some industrial engineering professionals and new college graduates may be spooked by economic and unemployment forecasts, many across an array of industries say the survival plan for these recent troubles lies in the very training and education they possess. Until the economy makes a long-term turnaround, the name of the game is "cost control." To win, many industrial engineers from businesses and other operations stress a need to renew focus on areas such as process improvement, supply chain management and, in particular, sustainability. One of the nice things for industrial engineers is the sectors hiring students may change, but the volume of jobs will remain the same.

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