The above links to an interesting series of articles about how much manufacturing capability has been lost and the problems with getting it back to U.S. shores. The author talks a lot about new management philosophies (traditional vs. agile/scrum), which I think is actually missing the forest for the trees. It’s more about thinking long-term and about thinking national good vs. global markets.
Frankly, its kind of depressing, but there does seem some good news:
Foxconn, known for making the iPhones and iPads in China (and having their employees commit suicide due to working conditions https://www.wired.com/2010/11/thomas-lee-foxconn/) is apparently going to build a factory in Wisconsin to make the screens for automobile in-dash displays among other things. Hopefully this will lead to bigger things overall ( and no suicides).