It's really amazing to cast one's mind back, and consider how fashions have impacted every field -- including manufacturing. Fashion accounts for much of the enthusiasm surrounding the offshoring movement. Offshoring was just accepted by all hands as being a great idea. Offshoring was in fashion, and it represented the safe decision that helped a certain kind of manager keep his or her job. The principles that lead to success in manufacturing, or any other business, don't change. Managers need to make decisions based on the factors that impact the business they manage. And good management begins by finding out what those factors really are. Fashion be doggoned, manage by first principles and your company will remain sound.