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Hailey Lynne McKeefry
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Tech?
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   2/24/2014 7:59:11 PM
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@Lalit, what does an understanding of how to apply emerging technology to the supply chain play into necessary skills? I'm thinking about big data/analytics, mobile apps, security, etc. It seems to me that an openess to and an understanding of the importance of these types of technologies is going to get more and more important.

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Lalit Wadhwa   2/24/2014 11:25:29 PM
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@Hailey, In my discussion with students and faculty from at least 2 business schools that offer supply chain programs, it seems that mobility, analytics and supply chain security are increasingly being woven into the curriculum. My understanding is that most schools are possibly doing well in terms of adapting the curriculum to match the evolving landscape, but some of the soft skills (such as the three that I mentioned in my blog) need more focus from everyone involved. Thanks for your inputs!

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   2/28/2014 12:46:49 AM
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@Lalit, thanks for the information. i"m glad to hear that supply chain programs are evolving...I feared that it would take time for them to catch up. Especially recently it seems as if things are evolving pretty quickly.

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Re: Tech?
nimantha.d   2/28/2014 5:58:56 AM
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@Hailey: Indeed when you compare it with the last 3-5 years there is a growth of nearly 25% - 30%. So that is a good rate since that shows the people and organizations are really looking into it for the future.              

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TaimoorZ   2/26/2014 10:17:48 AM
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"I'm thinking about big data/analytics, mobile apps, security, etc. It seems to me that an openess to and an understanding of the importance of these types of technologies is going to get more and more important."

@Hailey: I'd agree with this. Data is playing a more important role than ever in shaping company's decisions and Big Data is a major area of research in this field. From a company's perspective, the supply chain managers should be aware of what kind of tools they can get deployed in their companies to take advantage of data analytics and improve their decision making in the company.

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Re: Tech?
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   2/26/2014 11:52:37 AM
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@TaimoorZ, big data and analytics are key technologies through the whole organization. One good approach would be for the supply chain manager to lobby to be included on whatever team is exploring these solutions. Eventually, big data will be a critical part of IT security, finance, and other departments in addition to the supply chain.

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Re: Tech?
TaimoorZ   2/28/2014 5:45:07 AM
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"One good approach would be for the supply chain manager to lobby to be included on whatever team is exploring these solutions"

@Hailey: I'm not sure if that's a good approach. This would divert the focus of the supply chain manager from his core skills. That's more of a job of a project manager and normally supply chain managers don't really land in that role.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   2/28/2014 12:56:13 PM
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@TaimoorZ, i would argue that having someone from teh department invovled is becoming increasingly critical and it's important to have a shared direction for the entire organization. It also raises the visiblity around the accomplishments and necessity of thinking about the supply chain.

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What's on your list?
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   2/24/2014 8:01:33 PM
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@EBN Readers, let us know your experiences with organizations and educational institutions working together for supply chain excellence. What's on your list of must haves in the emerging supply chain in terms of skills and capabilities?

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TaimoorZ   2/26/2014 10:14:08 AM
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"What's on your list of must haves in the emerging supply chain in terms of skills and capabilities?"

@Hailey: From what I have seen, supply chain managers require a number of other skills apart from their own expertise in the area of supply chain. First, they need to take decisions on a daily basis that have a huge financial impact. So they should be aware of some basic level of finance. Second, they interact with a number of people reguarly. Hence, they need good interpersonal skills and more importantly negotiation skills.

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Hospice_Houngbo   2/27/2014 8:09:21 AM
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@Taimoor: You are right. A good supply chain manager is expected to:
  • Be a strategic leader
  • Possess a big-picture perspective of the organization's structure
  • Be a skilled decision-maker
  • Be a long-term learner


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Simulation based learning
TaimoorZ   2/26/2014 10:15:58 AM
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I recently attended an advanced course on supply chain management. The course was based on two parts: theoretical learning and simulation exercises. While the theoretical learning was no doubt quite informative, I can barely retain anything I learnt during that. However, the simulation-based exercises related to supply chain management were extremely effective when it came to teaching and learning. I think more and more supply chain courses should be taught while making the use of simulation.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   2/26/2014 11:50:49 AM
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@Taimoorz, that sounds like an interesting approach. The other advantage, i'll bet, is the interaction with the other students since you get teh learning from the class and also the experiences that the students bring to the table. We are learning so much about how people learn and retain information, i'm willing to be that twe see more supply chain education that uses this and other innovative approaches.

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TaimoorZ   2/28/2014 5:39:44 AM
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"We are learning so much about how people learn and retain information, i'm willing to be that twe see more supply chain education that uses this and other innovative approaches"

@Hailey: I think the best part about this is that the simulated exercises are already there. All you have to do is buy them and plan a training event to make your managers play these games. You don't even need an expensive trainer for this.

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Hospice_Houngbo   2/27/2014 8:15:48 AM
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@TaimoorZ: Thanks for sharing the experiwnce. You still need the theoretical knowledge to be able to understand the domain specific terms used in the simulation setting. Learning is a combination of both theory and practice.

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prabhakar_deosthali   2/27/2014 1:26:19 AM
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Big data analytics in the supply chain managment context will defintely make decision making an informed process rather than based upon hunches and past personal experiences.

 

But this data analytics will be more helpful if it provides a preview of what effects each decison would have on the immediate future actions . I do not know whether the current Analytics tools provide such a facility.

"What WILL happen if I take this decision?"  needs to be answered.



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