"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.
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.
"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.
@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!
@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?
@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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