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Core Themes

The Center's research and education programs aim to develop and disseminate industry-relevant knowledge that will focus on five core themes of major concern to pulp and paper firms:

the globalization of the Industry, a process that raises strategic questions for this highly traditional, region-based branch of the economy;

enterprise effectiveness, involving the US industry's struggle to develop management structures and practices that will enable it to remain competitive internationally;

workplace transformation, which involves organizational changes aimed at developing newer and more flexible work systems that can achieve the higher levels of quality and productivity the Industry will require;

innovation, centering on how firms might better harness their scientific and technical knowledge for product or process innovation; and finally,

the community, involving the complex interactions between firms and the social, organizational, and political environments in which they are embedded.


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