The Supply Chain Game Changers Applications and Best Practices that are Shaping the Future of Supply Chain Management

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  • Copyright: 2015-10-12
  • Publisher: Pearson FT Press
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  • For all supply chain decision-makers, professionals, and students
  • Improve financial and operational performance
  • Manage risk and ensure continuity
  • Drive value through deeper integration
  • Optimize logistics cost and customer responsiveness
  • Hire and develop world-class talent

This book brings together advanced supply chain practices that yield significant, enduring business advantage. It reflects extensive collaboration between industry pioneers and The University of Tennessee Global Supply Chain Institute (GSCI), a leading source of best practice knowledge for global supply chain management.


Building on GSCI’s deep industry partnerships, this book’s techniques take you far beyond the past decade’s advances. You’ll find new approaches to managing risk, integration, talent, distribution, purchasing, logistics, and more—all extensively vetted by leading executives. The authors fully explain each technique; its rationale, advantages, and challenges; and how pioneering organizations have implemented it.


The world will look radically different in five years. If you want your supply chain to deliver competitive advantage tomorrow, you need to prepare today. This book shows you what to do, and how to get there.


In recent years, practically everyone’s supply chain has become more sophisticated. To gain competitive advantage from your supply chain in the future, you’ll have to do even more. The Supply Chain Game Changers identifies powerful new ways to drive value in complex global supply chains, shows how pioneers are succeeding with these innovations, and helps you make them work in your environment. The authors first discuss ten trends impacting global supply chains today, and preview emerging drivers of change through 2025. Reflecting these changes, they share new best practices for managing global supply chains, evolving supply networks, and accounting for economics, politics, infrastructure, and competence.


Next, the authors drill down to offer detailed guidance on several crucial aspects of supply chain management. You’ll discover new ways to identify, prioritize, and mitigate risk; balance cost and customer responsiveness through advanced distribution centers; integrate purchasing and logistics more effectively; and attract and develop world-class talent.


The book concludes with the authors’ Top Ten actions for creating tomorrow’s world-class supplychain, practical tools for assessing where you stand,and detailed guidance for creating your new Action Plan.


Manage tomorrow’s multiple threats to supply chain continuity

Address the full spectrum of risks: from natural disasters to currency fluctuations to piracy


Fix your supply chain’s hidden destroyer of value

Overcome costly, damaging disconnects between purchasing and logistics


Cut logistics costs and improve customer service at the same time

Master high-value best practices, from picking/receiving to HR to sustainability


Overcome the supply chain field’s deepening talent crisis

Develop and retain future-focused industry leaders




Author Biography

THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN INSTITUTE (Knoxville, TN) coordinates the University of Tennessee’s broad spectrum of supply chain offerings, fulfilling industry’s need for global supply chain information and best practices through executive education, industry forums, research initiatives, custom programs, global partnerships, corporate audits, and more. THEODORE P. (TED) STANK (Knoxville, TN) is Harry and Vivienne Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He spent nearly six years as Department Head for Marketing and Logistics, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, and Associate Dean of the Center for Executive Education. He has consulted and taught executives for 50+ organizations, including IBM, Walmart, and the U.S. Marine Corps. He is Treasurer/Secretary for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). J. PAUL DITTMANN (Knoxville, TN), Executive Director of The Global Supply Chain Institute (GSCI), also teaches supply chain courses and lectures in the University of Tennessee’s executive education programs. Through 32 years in industry, he has held multiple senior executive positions in Fortune® 150 organizations, including VP, Logistics for North America; VP Global Logistics Systems; and most recently, VP, Supply Chain Strategy, Projects, and Systems for Whirlpool. MICHAEL H. BURNETTE (Knoxville, TN), Associate Director of GSCI, spent 33 years as a supply chain executive at Procter and Gamble. He was P&G Global Supply Chain Leader for Skin Care (owning the $2B Olay brand) and P&G Global Leader for Hair Care (owning the $4B Pantene and Herbal Essence Brands). CHAD W. AUTRY (Knoxville, TN) is William J. Taylor Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Editor in Chief, Journal of Supply Chain Management. He has worked on supply chain process improvement with and for organizations including American Airlines, IBM, Goodwill Industries, the American Red Cross, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Marine Corps. A member of CSCMP’s Education Strategies Committee, his research focuses primarily on supply chain network design. He co-authored Global Macrotrends and Their Impact on Supply Chain Management.

Table of Contents

1. Game Changing Trends in Supply Chain

2. Bending the Chain: The Surprising Challenge of Integrating Purchasing and Logistics

3. Managing Risk in the Global Supply Chain

4. Best Practice Management of the Globalized Supply Chain: An Introduction to the EPIC Framework

5. The Supply Chain Management Talent Crisis: Developing and Retaining Future SCM Focused Industry Leaders

6. The Last, Congested Mile: Conducting Effective Logistics in the Urbanized Environment

7. Bridging the Divide: Achieving Breakthrough Transportation Performance

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