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Mastering Strategic Supply Chain Planning: The Pegasus of Strategy

Strategic Supply Chain Planning is the “Pegasus of Strategy.”  It can soar, but it also needs to keep its feet on the ground. Companies with a global supply chain now need to introduce its strategic left hand to its operational right hand.  To make planning more valuable, its strategic supply chain planning needs to combine […]

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The Power of the 5 Cost Management Strategies in Reducing Costs

A commonly quoted statistic is that 80% to 95% of the cost of a product is determined by its design and is therefore set before the item enters manufacturing. This assumption suggests that the dominant focus of Cost Management should be during Product Development and not during Manufacturing. However, contrary to a widely held assumption, […]

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Which Supply Chain Information Transparency Strategy Should Your Organization Employ?

Supply Chain Management across industries has become way too complicated and globalized today.  Since the popularity and use of Social Media has grown, organizations are increasingly getting under pressure to disclose their information publicly.  This pressure on information transparency has reached a level where external stakeholders expect to know the details of an organization’s Supply […]

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Integrated Cost Management: An Organization’s Prescription for Lower Cost

There is a general belief among organizations that a large percentage of a product’s costs are locked in by design.  It is assumed that little can be done once the design is set.  This assumption has influenced cost management programs across diverse products’ life cycles. As a result, the focus during the design phase is […]

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In the Midst of COVID-19, Is Your Supply Chain Resilient?

Supply Chain Resiliency is the capability of the Supply Chain to be prepared for unexpected risk events. It is the Supply Chain’s ability to respond and recover quickly to potential disruptions. It can return to its original situation or grow by moving to a new, more desirable state in order to increase customer service, market […]

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2 Potent Supply Chain Risk Reduction Strategies

Reducing the fragility of global Supply Chains in the event of disruption through natural or other disasters is a major concern for most senior executives.  This rings true more so now than ever, as the world grapples with COVID-19, the worst human health crisis in 100 years. The strategies to enhance the effectiveness and readiness […]

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Supply Chain Strategies That Work Best in Containing the Risks of Disruption

Supply Chains often get disrupted by calamities that are beyond human control.  Natural disasters, such as tsunamis and floods, in the last decade have drastically affected major businesses—from automobiles to technology, to travel, to shipments—and exposed critical weaknesses in Supply Chain mechanisms around the globe.  And, now, we are living through a global disruption of […]

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Business Process Maturity Model (BPMM) Explained

Unsuccessful software applications cost organizations significant efforts and resources.  The reasons for these failed ventures are often attributed to technology issues.  However, the real issue is flaws in business processes—the enterprise application deployment environment and the ecosystem which the application targets. This calls for ensuring the organizational readiness before initiating technology deployment.  It is for […]

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The Post-pandemic Organization: Does COVID-19 Level the Playing Field?

In the post 9-11 world, we saw organizations focus on Business Continuity. In the post-pandemic world, organizations will supplement Business Continuity with an emphasis on Business Resilience. This distinction may seem subtle, but it’s actually substantial. After 9-11, organizations recognized the threat of unforeseen disasters and engaged in BC/DR efforts. BC seeks to answer the question: in the […]

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To Survive COVID-19, We Need to Manage the 3 Cs – Costs, Capital, and Cash Flow

The entire world is facing the same crisis right now.  As of the morning of April 2nd, there are close to 1MM Coronavirus cases worldwide, of which 75% are active cases.  For almost all countries, the case growth is still growing exponentially on a day-to-day basis. With entire nations under lock-down, many industries and businesses […]

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How to Maximize Deal Value in Post-merger Integration (PMI): The PMI Process

Post-merger Integration (PMI) can be complex, time-pressured, and unfamiliar for most organizations. It is a highly complex process. It requires swift action as well as running the core business activities simultaneously.  There is no one-size-fits-all approach to a successful PMI Process. However, careful planning focusing on the strategic objectives of the deal and the identification and […]

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Strategy Classics: Porter’s Value Chain

The Value Chain concept, first described by Dr. Michael Porter in 1985, is a series of actions that a firm—in a specific industry—accomplishes to produce a valuable product or service for the market.  The value chain notion visualizes the process view of an organization, perceiving a manufacturing or service organization as a system comprised of […]

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