Cost-saving Business Processes and Cultural Detective


Tata Motors has introduced the world's smallest, cheapest car—beyond great gas mileage and affordability, it's stylish! Not to mention safer than a scooter. Six years in the making, the new Nano is the result of Tata's engineers and suppliers rethinking every component with an eye to minimizing cost and weight without sacrificing performance or style.

Nano (Image)

There is something that Tata Motors has in common with the world's major computer makers, as well as with Cultural Detective. Do you know what that is? Surely the title of this article provides a clue. All three organizations are pioneers of cost-saving business processes that enable you to do what you need to do while obtaining a healthier bottom line. Good news in today's economy.

One such process is distributed manufacturing. The model most of us are familiar with is that of the computer industry. PC makers originally manufactured and sold equipment. The evolution of the industry, however, has meant that while computer makers still employ top engineers to design its components, those parts are now made in far-flung areas of the planet by a diverse group of suppliers: a computer's memory may come from Taiwan its processor from Israel, its hard drive from China and DVD burner from Malaysia. Computer makers design the computers that dealers assemble and deliver to end-users according to customer specifications. Thus, we consumers are able to buy a computer system customized to our individual needs, we are confident the components are high quality and work smoothly together, and we obtain all of this at the lowest cost.

Tata Motors also has plans to use distributed manufacturing. It has announced it will produce 500,000 Nanos per year at its main production facility in Gujarat. Production beyond that will use car components produced in lower-cost satellite plants, and those components will be assembled into cars and distributed to consumers by independent entrepreneurs or dealers. Tata seeks to revolutionize the auto industry so that carmakers focus on design and marketing, as do computer makers.

In a similar vein, Cultural Detective has assembled the best intercultural organization and productivity experts from around the world. These professionals have agreed on a core design into which they pour their expert knowledge. Further, these professionals have agreed to thorough peer review and regular content updates. Customers worldwide are now able to directly, or with the help of an author or certified facilitator, integrate Cultural Detective into their customized learning and effectiveness efforts (coaching, teambuilding, courseware) with impressive results. Customers can be confident they are using state-of-the-art components verified to work together in a coherent and highly effective proven manner to produce desired results.

Dianne Hofner Saphiere
Creator of the Cultural Detective Series


Creator of the Cultural Detective® series, Dianne Hofner Saphiere is founder of Nipporica Associates LLC and has been active in the field of intercultural training and consulting since 1979.

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