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Alternate Scenario Planning

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Alternate Scenario Planning
Year: 
1977

Scenario Planning has been around for some time now. By some companies it is seen as a core tool to assess a risky future and support strategic planning. Up to now I only mentioned it briefly in a few articles

In 1977 Vanston et al. were one of the first authors to document a complete scenario planning methodology.

Solution to Strategic Supply Chain Mapping

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Solutions to strategic supply chain mapping issues
Year: 
2010

I just realized that my favorite book on crafting diagrams to better communicate in a graphical way (Envisioning Information) j

Assessment of Supply Chain Vulnerabilities

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Assessing the Vulnerability of Supply Chains using graph theory
Year: 
2009

This is a review of another chapter of the book by Zsidisin and Ritchie (Supply Chain Risk). The book can be bought at amazon.com, if you are interested in reading more.

Supply Chain Apps for iPhone and iPad

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Year: 
2012

Some say that tablet computers are a great fit, not only for games and surfing the web, but for business applications as well.

But since the tablet computer is not much more than a big screen, software is key to a productive use of the pad.

To test this hypothesis I picked the iPad as an example for a tablet computer, because:

Psychological Foundations of Supply Chain Risk Management

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Psychological Foundations of Supply Chain Risk Management
Year: 
2009

Psychological research shows that risk is never a objective matter (1, 2).

Uncertainty in Value Stream Mapping Analysis

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Uncertainty in value stream mapping analysis
Year: 
2009

Supply chain mapping can be a great tool to foster the understanding and from its results improve a supply chain network overall. Supply chain mapping can also be used to analyze the risks of a supply chain and improve its resilience (for an example in the blog follow this link).

Supplier Risk Monitoring for the Automotive Industry

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Supplier risk assessment and monitoring for the automotive industry
Year: 
2008

A typical supply chain risk management process consists of four steps: risk identification, assessment, management and monitoring. From those steps, one of the most neglected step is the risk monitoring.
Risk monitoring implies two different actions: Continuous risk assessment and actions, as soon as pre-defined limits are reached.

So this article sheds light on the risk monitoring, from an article by Blackhurst, Scheibe and Johnson (“Supplier risk assessment and monitoring for the automotive industry”).

How Risky is your Company?

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How Risky is your Company?
Year: 
1999

Today I picked a special article on corporate risks. “How Risky is your Company?” by Robert Simons of the Harvard Business School. Its a more business oriented view on how companies should handle risks, internally. But since internal risk management can be seen as a part of supply chain risk management, I also include it here.

Risk exposure

This article is about how risky one company is. About the internal risk. And by these risks, the author does not so much refer to the production processes, but the softer risks of managing a company.

Let me help you with... Time-Based Risk Management

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Managing Supply Chain Disruptions via Time-Based Risk Management
Year: 
2009

Today I present you only one chapter of a great book by Wu and Blackhurst: “Managing Supply Chain Risk and Vulnerability” (which can be bought on amazon.com here).

Simulation as a Tool for Supply Chain Optimization

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Simulation performance in the optimisation of the supply chain
Year: 
2005

Sometimes I am really amazed by the research topics of others. Even though I already read much about simulation and its potential benefits, up to now I have never seen a analysis of supply chain simulation performance on a larger sample. So I would like to share those insights here.

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