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The impact of company culture on IBP part II: Change

Implementing Integrated Business Planning (IBP) processes may challenge many existing values and behaviours in a company. For IBP to be effective a set of values is required. Some important ones are: 1. Group thinking: take a …

The global influence of LinkedIn

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The global influence of LinkedIn

Already in the 1960s, more than 40 years ago, a scientific, mathematical study was made of social networks. Professor Stanley Milgram of Harvard university, well known for his experiments on subjects who had to give …

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The impact of company culture on IBP part I: Strategy

Most experts agree that advanced Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) or Integrated Business Planning (IBP) has a monthly check and balance with the strategic plan and objectives of a business. In this way, a well …

To the buttons

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To the buttons

Companies in the supply chain are becoming more and more dependent on third parties. They outsource  more and more production to contract companies. At Apple, it has gone so far that the entire supply chain …

Logistics Money Providers

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Logistics Money Providers

Getting logistics service providers and shipping companies to work well together continues to be an issue. Last year, Lenny Visser wrote her thesis on this very topic whilst finishing her studies at Tilburg University. “The …

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Time for fl€xibility

Some 20 years ago, when I was still a student, flexibility was the hot topic in the world of business administration. It was all about one’s ability to respond to change. Of course this was …

The supply chain benchmarking World Cup

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The supply chain benchmarking World Cup

It has taken most people (the sensible ones) only a few days to get over the result of the World Cup final and at least we can say we made it to the top of …

Rise like Robin Hood

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Rise like Robin Hood

Is leadership nature or nurture? My personal opinion is that we are either born to be leaders, or we are not. But as became evident in a recent poll amongst supply chain directors in our …

The SCM and S&OP journey

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The SCM and S&OP journey

Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) is currently a hot topic. But the new buzz word in the supply chain is currently ‘journey’. This week, Niek Visarius, interim supply chain manager at AkzoNobel, called S&OP a …

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Greek myth

Several of my respected colleagues are Greeks. When I asked one of them how he was upon meeting him recently, his reply demonstrated a critical awareness of the current situation: “Perfect. The sun is shining …

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