Good points.With the new and enhanced supply chain collaboration, visibility, and analytics tools and systems available, it is expected that global supply chain analysts, managers, and executives have a broader knowledge base, especially on international compliance and markets.The old days of working in isolated silos are long gone.
@Lalit: I agree with previuos post from Dave; focusing better on skills as you have mentioned within the editorial, I am wondering you could kindly report some specific examples on educational plans for people working in the sector and adopted by major industries just to moving forward their talent.
There's a portion of the article that inadvertently got truncated. That portion presented my perspective on steps being taken by organizations to address the skill-set gap. The truncated portion is reporoduced below:
"Industry leaders like Avnet are addressing these challenges with a combination of recruitment, training, competency mapping, career path mapping, geographic rotation and role rotation strategies. Initiatives like SCTAI (Supply Chain Talent Academic Initiative) and SCOR-S are supported by industry, educational institutions and professional associations, and focus on addressing future competency requirements of supply chain organizations. Executive Education and full time programs in Asia, either in alliance with educational institutions in the West, or otherwise, focus on creating programs to address future competency requirements. Examples include Asian Institute of Management, CEIBS, CUHK, IIM and National University of Singapore.
Leading high-tech industry organizations have created flexible learning environments. They leverage in-house and external resources, and make training accessible across their talent pool, anywhere and anytime."
Hi Lalit--this blog corresponds nicely with a discussion some colleagues and I had last week. Outside of in-house training, do you know where people go to learn about the supply chain? Is there an academic track, or is it hands-on training? IS there such a thing as 'supply chain university?'
Several schools in the U.S have undergraduate and graduate programs, specifically focused on the supply chain. Many schools also run executive education programs focused on specific aspects of supply chain.
The U.S News rankings for the top supply chain programs can be viewedhere, while the Gartner rankings can be viewedhere.
The Cisco-Fudan-Stanford Supply Chain Leadership Institute is an example of close partnership between industry and academic institutions.
The links you posted did not come through. I am very interested in Supply Chain Education. Please repost the links when you are able. I checked out the Fudan Cisco site and found limited information. If you have more specific course information, can you help with that too? Thanks...Douglas
Lalit, I think in most of the Asian countries, as a part of curriculum they had introduced international business, trade agreements and treaty's etc. Apart from that now a day the business schools are offering 3/6 month certificate courses also. In business world, I think they recognize the need of trained supply chain professionals with exceptional skill sets.
An option for companies that desire to bring significant learning capability inhouse to support their supply chain roles is Accenture's Supply Chain Academy (www.supplychainacademy.com). Its used by a number of companies with global supply chain workforces.
It provides a job role, competency-based curricula of several hundred courses, and includes tools to help companies assess their workforce proficiency against competencies, and develop learning plans.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.