As the United States seeks to reinvigorate its job market and move past economic recession, MIT News examines manufacturing’s role in the country’s economic future through this series on work at the Institute around manufacturing.

“Everyone, take your order slips and move the shipment to the left,” says Nelson Repenning, a professor of systems dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. “Factories, brew beer.”

With that, six groups of high-achieving managers from a major multinational firm, ensconced in MIT’s Building E62, check some small slips of paper, move piles of red chips along the tables where they are seated, and scribble numbers on some rudimentary accounting forms.

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