Supply Chain Agility: The contribution of information technology

In the final part of this series of blogs, Dr. Canan Kocabasoglu-Hillmer examines how information technology can strengthen the link between strategic sourcing and supply chain agility. This series concludes with a view of the direction strategic sourcing should take in the future.

Updated: 05/04/2013
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Supply Chain Agility: Solving the Agility Puzzle

Having redefined strategic sourcing and discussed what operational flexibility and supply chain agility entail, Dr. Canan Kocabasoglu-Hillmer now considers how companies can utilise strategic sourcing to increase the agility of their supply chain. This is the fourth and latest entry in our series on supply chain agility.

Updated: 05/04/2013
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Buttressing Supply Chains against Floods in Asia for Humanitarian Relief and Economic Recovery

Author(s):

ManMohan Sodhi

 et al.
Topic:
Operations

Flood is the most frequently occuring natural disaster worldwide, with Asia suffering the highest incidence. While humanitarian efforts and initiatives to alleviate suffering caused by floods are ongoing, we believe there is a new opportunity to coordinate "last mile" humanitarian efforts in the event of a flood, using micro-retailers. Micro-retailers are the 'last mile' nodes in traditional retail supply chains in many Asian countries, and we propose the use of social enterprise to buttress these supply chains for distribution of essential goods by coordinating with micro-retailers before and after floods. In support of this we also present a stylised model to quantify the benefits of our proposal.

Updated: 25/02/2013
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Supply Chain Agility: The missing link? Operational flexibility

In part III in this series of articles on supply chain agility, Dr. Canan Kocabasoglu-Hillmer explores how companies invest in strategic sourcing to improve their operational competencies, which tends to have an impact on how agile they become.

Updated: 18/01/2013
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How to stay in pole position: hire a boss who has worked on the floor

Analysing 60 years worth of data, Amanda Goodall and Ganna Pogrebna discover that the most successful Formula One teams are those led by former competitive drivers. Teams led by managers who have less 'hands-on' experience within the sport tend to underperform in comparison. This research suggests why greater experience of driving makes for more successful team leaders, and what this can teach us about leadership in other industries.

Updated: 03/01/2013
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Supply Chain Agility: The agile supply chain for unpredictable times

Supply chain agility has received increasing attention over the last decade due to two important developments. First, on average, the markets have become more dynamic. Secondly, there is increased awareness of supply chain management risks and the role agile supply chains play in recovering from these risks. In this, the second of a five part series, Dr. Canan Kocabasoglu Hillmer examines how an agile supply chain can be an effective response strategy in unpredictable times.

Updated: 21/12/2012
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The Impact of Private Equity on Management Practices in European Buyouts: Short-termism and Anglo American Effects

Author(s):

Nicolas Bacon

 et al.

Private equity firms are accused of increasing the short-term performance of buyouts by reducing investments in human capital. To explore this issue, this paper presents findings from the first representative pan-European survey of managers' perceptions of the impact of private equity on management practices in buyouts. Managers report that private equity investment results in an overall increase in high performance work practices (HPWPs), and the increase is greater where private equity firms anticipate a late exit. Anglo-American private equity buyouts are just as likely to introduce new HPWPs as non-Anglo-American private equity backed buyouts, and also extend financial incentives to cover a greater proportion of employees.

Updated: 23/11/2012
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Supply Chain Agility: What is the Role of Procurement?

For firms facing increasingly shorter product life cycles, globally extended supply chains, volatile demand patterns, and an increased awareness of supply chain risks, supply chain agility provides tremendous opportunities.

As management reflect on how to become more agile, this is also a time for examining procurement's role. Our work with numerous companies from a variety of industries suggests that there is a clear role that procurement can have on creating a more agile supply chain. The key to this is strategic sourcing, a practice many companies are not yet getting the most out of.

Over a five part series of articles, Dr. Canan Kocabasoglu Hillmer examines what stategic sourcing entails and how companies can become more agile through its activities.

Updated: 19/12/2012
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Strategies and Tactics of Chinese Contract Manufacturers and Western OEMs (2001-2011)

Author(s):

ManMohan Sodhi

 et al.

As policy makers seek to draw lessons from the growth of Chinese manufacturing, we need to better understand the evolving strategies adopted by Chinese manufacturers since the economic reforms of the 1980s. Focusing on the apparel and electronics sectors, we look at how Chinese manufacturers sought to move to higher value-adding parts of the supply chain in different ways during the period 2001-2011 and how their western OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) responded. As a first step towards understanding the co-evolving strategies and tactics of Chinese contract manufacturers and western OEMs, we use a simple game-theoretic framework of contract manufacturer and OEM strategies to look at the actual tactics many Chinese contract manufacturers adopted.

Updated: 13/11/2012
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