In 2004, MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics launched the Supply Chain 2020 Project. From the early objective of identifying principles that promote supply chain excellence and preparedness, the project expanded to include fundamental questions about the structure of supply chain strategy, the nature of strategic alignment, and the logic of future visioning exercises.


Toolkit. Among the major contributions of the Supply Chain 2020 Project is a portfolio of methods generated over the course of a decade. Each was designed to address a pressing question facing a firm’s supply chain from the strategic point of view, questions that range from how to diagnose today’s alignment to how to prepare for the effects of an unpredictable future. You can explore this toolkit in this page.

Theses. Since its launch in 2004, a large number of masters theses, as well as a few doctoral theses, have been conducted as part of the SC2020 Project, in centers from the SCALE Network. An exhaustive list of these theses, as well as links to access them, are presented in this page.

Papers. A series of working and white papers have been completed by members of the core research team, as well as students working on problems relevant to the project. These papers include cases analyzed for data collection and summaries of relevant literature. A comprehensive selection of these papers is presented in this page.

Articles. Some of the salient insights derived from the SC2020 Project, as well as its underpinning philosophy and its purpose, are presented in articles published in trade publications. For your convenience, a selection is presented in this page.

Phases. Over the span of the past eight years, the SC2020 Project has gone through four different phases, each one geared towards the exploration of a particular set of questions or the development of given tasks. You can learn more about the challenges and objectives of each phase by visiting this page.

Proceedings. During its first two years, the Supply Chain 2020 project (SC2020) was supported by two industry advisoryboards that played a crucial role in helping guide research and generate new ideas: the US-based Industry Advisory Council (IAC) and the European Advisory Council (EAC). You can learn more about these councils and read the proceedings of their meetings in this page.

In early 2016, the SC2020 Project was transitioned into the MIT Supply Chain Strategy Lab, created to continue its research on the specific subject of supply chain strategy.

For further information regarding the Supply Chain 2020 Project, please contact Dr. Roberto Perez-Franco (e-mail).