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Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm

In view of the extensive media coverage for big data, algorithms and artificial intelligence, it can seem as if computers and machines have become better at making decisions than people are. In ‘Sensemaking: The Power …

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Timeless wisdom for supply chain managers

In view of the rapid advances in technology, the world seems to be on the brink of a new age and a new generation. This inevitably leads to changes and uncertainty. When looking for clarity, …

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Seventh Edition of Class A Standard for Business Excellence

Oliver Wight updated its Sixth Edition Class A Standard. The new publication re-sets the bar for organisations looking to achieve performance excellence, capturing 50 years of experience from Oliver Wight in helping some of the …

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Supply Chain Metrics that Matter

Corporate performance is not a “set it and forget it” proposition. Supply Chain Metrics That Matter makes this truth clear enough with its thorough analysis of recent multi-industry performance trends. The research shows that continually …

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The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence

The world of consultancy is a relatively private one, not least because of the confidential nature of the relationships between consulting firms and their clients. Some of the big-named consultancies have been increasingly in the …

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Bricks Matter: ongoing evolution of supply chain management

In view of the crucial role supply chain management has played in companies’ success in the past decade, it is surprising that so few books have been published on the topic, especially when compared to …

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Repeatability: creating a successful business model

A successful business model cuts through the complexity by focusing on a handful of core principles. Nike adheres to four interlocking capabilities: brand management, athlete partnerships, award-winning design and use of materials, and an efficient …

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Beyond Performance Management: from ERP to Lean

In ‘Beyond Performance Management’, Jeremy Hope and Steve Player describe a wide variety of methods for managing performance, including the Balanced Scorecard, Benchmarking, Activity-Based Costing and Customer Relationship Management. It is a shame that supply …

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Logistics Clusters: Synergy in logistics

Yossi Sheffi, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, opens his book Logistics Clusters with detailed descriptions of the fashion chain Zara and the Spanish fish supplier Caladero. Sheffi’s reason for highlighting …

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The Ikea edge: supply chain vision of the CEO

Ikea is not a particularly open company. It is not publicly listed, and it has been known to refuse journalists and financial analysts admission to presentations, even at congresses that were open to the public. …

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