Navigating the road to digital supply chain transformation

January 07, 2019
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It seems that no self-respecting company can be without a digital transformation (DT) strategy these days. But shifting an organization from an analog mindset to the brave new world of digitalization is a long and challenging journey. Where do you start, how do you prepare employees, and once there, how do you engender trust in digitalized processes?

GM thinks layoffs will boost its bottom line. The reality is more complicated.

December 02, 2018
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This week, General Motors announced plans to halt production at several of its plants. The move could see over 14,000 jobs lost, 8,000 of which are in North America. GM chief executive Mary Barra told reporters that while the company doesn’t foresee an economic downturn, the cuts are needed to “get in front of it while the company is strong and while the economy is strong.” Wall Street reaction was positive, with GM stock rising sharply.

Here’s what you need to know about the French fuel protests

December 04, 2018
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France is considering a state of emergency to quell some of the worst social unrest the country has seen in over a decade. A Monday appearance at the COP 24 climate change summit by French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe was abruptly canceled. Philippe instead spent the day with political leaders, discussing how to defuse nationwide protests that have increasingly turned violent.

Drug Delivery, Uncertainty, the Mom and Pop, and More - MIT CTL at INFORMS

November 27, 2018
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Why we need operations and management research From malaria testing to micro-retail stores to global business operations, a clear understanding of what is happening in the supply chain is essential to exist and succeed. Observation of operations and knowledge of human actions alone are not enough. According to W. Edward Demming, "The world is drowning in information but is slow in the acquisition of knowledge." MIT CTL and SCALE researchers take aim at the deluge of information and translate it into working knowledge with their applied research. As part of this ongoing effort, 11 papers on div

Why Define Success In Our Evolution Toward Self-Driving?

November 04, 2018
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By: Bryan Reimer Self-driving Not well understood The convenience of low-cost on-demand personal mobility has taken our roads by storm. Young and old alike are leveraging ride-hailing platforms at an increasing rate. Driverless taxis may further accelerate the use of personal or shared ride-hailing services as part of an increasingly automated lower cost mobility system. The ramifications for personal vehicle ownership, environmental impact, use of public transport, and congestion are not yet well understood. Nevertheless, the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ approval of Waymo’s reques

Lessons From the Auto Industry on Managing the Next Recession

October 25, 2018
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The chorus of warnings that another recession is imminent seems to be getting louder by the day in the business community. The many possible triggers of another downturn include America’s trade dispute with China and rising corporate debt. Can companies draw lessons from the Great Recession of 2008 that will help them weather the next financial storm? Research carried out by Lima Zhao, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, Ningbo Supply Chain Innovation Institute China (NSCIIC) in collaboration with Arnd Huchzermeier, Chaired Professor of Production Management, WHU-Otto Beisheim Scho

The Green Lobby’s Misdirected Anger

October 29, 2018
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Climate Change and Global Warming BOSTON – In August, when US President Donald Trump proposed to freeze fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks, environmentalists and their supporters were outraged. Now, the temperature of the debate has risen again, following a special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that highlights the urgent need to take drastic action to curb carbon dioxide emissions. While the environmentalists’ efforts to combat climate change are laudable, their reactions to these developments are misdirected. The strategies for reducing emissions th

Emirati Power Employees Gain Access to MicroMasters

September 23, 2018
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Organizations pursue MicroMasters programs Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is providing its employees the opportunity to join the online MicroMasters program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. This is part of DEWA’s strategy to develop the capabilities of young Emiratis and its commitment to continuously develop the skills of its staff according to the highest international educational and training standards. The specialities for DEWA staff include Statistics & Data Sciences; Supply Chain Management; and Data, Economics & Development Policy. DEWA is providing

Profits v. Planet: Can Big Business and the Environment Get Along?

September 07, 2018
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Warren Buffett said that in Business, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” It has been more than two decades now since a 1996 issue of Life magazine depicted a Pakistani boy sewing a Nike soccer ball , reportedly for six cents per hour. After the story, the company lost more than half its market capitalization in just one year – it took Nike six years of demonstrated social responsibility to recuperate. Even today Nike is – fairly or unfairly – ranked low on lists of ethical companies. It has survived financially, but the reputation of the brand may never reco