All Pearson on Excellence Entries
Thursday, August 01, 2013
A lot of global companies are hoping that emerging markets will prop up their bottom lines. They could be disappointed.
Monday, July 01, 2013
Some large companies believe that their commitments to risk management stifle innovation.
Saturday, June 01, 2013
Supply chain decision makers are well-positioned to help the world become a more habitable place, and to benefit financially from their efforts.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
This is the final column in our series about dynamic operations, or global supply chains imbued with the ability to alter the function and focus of key processes (manufacturing, transportation, distribution, etc.) in response to changing events.
Monday, April 01, 2013
In this column—the fourth in a series of five articles focused on dynamic supply chain operations—we look at the role and importance of “flexible innovation.”
Friday, March 01, 2013
In this column—the third in a series of five articles focused on dynamic operations—we look at the role and importance of adaptable structure.
Friday, February 01, 2013
In our previous column we introduced the concept of “dynamic operations:” supply chain networks that respond quickly and smoothly to changing business conditions. We also identified dynamic operations’ four enabling capabilities and looked briefly at how they work together to help companies identify, accommodate, and even benefit from supply chain disruptions. The first of these capabilities is “insight to action.”
Thursday, November 01, 2012
One hallmark in the era of permanent volatility is fluctuating commodity prices: everything from aluminum (variations up to 30 percent in 2012) to zinc (variations up to 25 percent in 2012). The result is endless headaches for people and departments in virtually every industry: the procurement folks buying materials; the logistics and transportation staff moving it; the finance guys forecasting expenses; and even the sales and marketing staff struggling to pass unanticipated cost increases on to customers.
Monday, October 01, 2012
Effective use of business analytics—using quantitative methods to derive forward-looking insights from data—is essential for companies that are serious about supply chain excellence. Why? Because with analytics, supply chain managers gain a deeper understanding of what is happening upstream and downstream. As a result, they’re better able to assess the operational impacts of prospective supply chain decisions.
Saturday, September 01, 2012
Today more than ever, innovation is a top priority. Sixty-two percent of executives questioned in a recent Accenture survey noted that their business strategy is “largely” or “totally” dependent on innovation. Nowadays, however, companies don’t only need to innovate, they also need collaborators—partners—to help make innovation happen.
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