The automotive Management Briefing Seminars held each August in the northern Michigan resort town of Traverse City generally are sedate affairs. Hosted by the University of Michigan and the Center for Automotive Research, the speeches are thought provoking but academic, and the applause usually is little more than polite. This year, there were fireworks – an emotional confrontation at the podium that nearly came to blows between the CEO of a major supplier and a top steel industry ...

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