The Risks and Benefits of Socializing with Suppliers
I had a chance to meet with a group of supply chain executives at the University of Calgary this week, which included a discussion by Ken Rawson. Ken has over 30 years of experience working in supply management, first with […]
Relational Contracting Part III: Tim Cummins on “Shifting Your Mindset to Collaborative Value”
Tim Cummins, CEO of IACCM, is intent on driving change. He is traveling around the globe, speaking with foreign ministries in Dubai, the Australian navy, the Canadian Department of Defense, and the General Services Administration in DC. We were fortunate […]
Relational Contracts Student Project: Alternative Means to Settling Contract Disputes
As part of the lead-up to our SCRC meeting this week on Relational Contracting, I am featuring the first of five papers by some of our online MBA students who took my relational contracting class. The first of these by […]
What Buyer-Supplier Collaboration Looks Like in Real Life….
I had the privilege of facilitating and witnessing first hand a great example of what a true strategic partnership looks like recently, when a large pharmaceutical brand met with a large global Contract Drug Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) at their site. […]
Sorting out Risk in FinTech Source Chains
Most big banks (MUFG, Citi, Deutschbank, HSBC, JP Morgan, and others) have been forced to re-examine their external supplier relationships in a highly regulated environment. This is old news. But emerging technology is now beginning to create new ways to […]
Supply Chain Predictions for 2018: Real-Time, Innovation, Cognitive, Blockchain, Industry-Academic Partnerships, and Taking a Stand!
I had an opportunity to work on a number of exciting projects this past year, and in the process, spent a lot of time talking about digital supply chains with a lot of really informed people. Here are a few […]
SCRC Innovation and Social Responsibility Supply Index: A Critical Input to “Drucker Management Top 250 List”
Research by NC State Poole College Professor Robert Handfield, director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative based Poole College, and Yung-Yun Huang, a recent graduate of North Carolina State University’s interdisciplinary doctoral program in operations research, supplied two of the […]
MBA and Engineering Supply Chain Student Teams Kick Off this Week: Risk, Analytics, and Block Chain on the Agenda!
Fall semester at the Poole College of Management kicked off this week, and a new group of MBA and engineering students walked into our hallowed halls. In my MBA 541 class on supply chain relationships, I spent some time introducing […]
Real-time Data will Impact How Quality is Managed in Supply Chains
At a recent meeting I attended, several members of a quality team noted that suppliers sharing process capability data from their line would provide enormous benefit. Emerging real-time quality data systems being deployed by companies will improve the exchange of […]
Managing Supply Chain Relationships with German Managers
Germany companies are becoming more commonplace in not just automotive supply chains (BMW, Bosch, Daimler), but in chemicals (BASF), pharmaceuticals (Bayer), industrial manufacturing (Siemens), and software (SAP). There are a lot of misperceptions on how to interact with German managers, […]