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A Profile of the Steel Industry by Peter Warrian

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Chapter 11

Challenges and Opportunities

If one accepts that we are moving into a knowledge-based economy then the challenges and opportunities for the steel industry turns on how it learns. The following chapter discusses this in three ways. First, how steel companies learn internally; in particular, how learning takes place on the shop floor by leveraging and enhancing the skills of the steel workforce.Second, given that steel is an intermediate product whose users now function in extended supply chains, what are the learning capabilities that take place in supply chains? Finally, how does steel position itself in the material competition of the future, especially in the major growth market for the future which is construction?

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