1. Michael Koploy’s recent blog on the after-effects, losers, and winners from the Japanese 3/11 incident provides some interesting points for thought… One of his key points is that companies who managed to squeak through the incident relied on the relationships and connections with their key suppliers. This was particularly true in the automotive sector, where […]

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  2. EXCEL. This may sound surprising, but based on my most recent discussions with supply chain executives reveals a surprising reliance on spreadsheets. This is happening in light of increasing complexity in operating environments, making this even more of a problem. In a set of recent interviews with supply chain managers in the biopharma industry, this […]


  3. In a recent discussion with a group of Japanese supply chain executives, the discussion came up regarding the current state of the economy after the massive tsunami of March 2011. Dubbed in Japan as “3-11”, this incident took out many lives, but has also significantly reduced the amount of available energy capacity for the country […]


  4. As part of our recent study, we also studied a large Chinese government-owned manufacturing entity that has begun moving into the construction industry space . Obtained detailed information on this company (we’ll call it “Company C”) is challenging, even though we had a Chinese scholar working at the SCRC who interviewed managers at their location […]

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  5. The SCRC team recently conducted a benchmarking study focused on IT spending in the manufacturing sector. In our opinion, the current roadmap for IT in many companies is NOT aligned well with the competitive capabilities that are being required to grow. Specifically, there is a need for IT to build competitive capabilities that will ensure […]

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