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Supply Chain Disruption

Aligning Business Strategy and Supply Chain Tactics

Create competitive advantage by successfully building technological disruption into your supply chains and implementing a new strategic roadmap.
EAN: 9780749484101
Edition: 1
Format: 233x158
272 pages

About the book

Disruptive technologies have the power to upend supply chains, adding uncertainty, cost, and complexity to any business. These technologies can also create competitive advantage, but only if organizations strategically build them into their supply chains. Supply Chain Disruption, with a foreword by John Gattorna, provides the vital knowledge that supply chain managers need in order to implement disruptive technologies strategically. This essential book avoids a one-size-fits-all approach and encourages the reader to consider customer needs first before aligning appropriate technologies with each supply chain application.

Supply Chain Disruption focuses on information systems, analysing how companies currently integrate and implement potentially disruptive technologies into their supply chain roadmaps. It presents new ways of planning more effectively and efficiently through the use of new tools and techniques, creating improvements in agility, customer service and cost.

About the authors

Steve O'Sullivan

For the past 20 years, Steve O'Sullivan has held SCM positions in complex business-critical environments for global firms, and within diverse industries, including aviation and consumer electronics, where he has consistently created and implemented superior process improvement solutions across the entire supply chain process, while supporting international management teams in meeting and exceeding established targets. Great mentors in companies, such as, SIFCO Turbine Components, instilled a deep-rooted appreciation for customer support, and Logitech (Ireland Services) provided a powerful full-spectrum foundation in the art of SCM. As a former Irish national champion, a background in Tennis provided the tools to negotiate the daily strategic friction of an SCM program manager and the passion to pursue customer accolades, such as reaching Platinum Supplier Status at American Airlines, Texas, USA, or achieving the 'Exceeding Expectations' category on numerous occasions in the business reviews of Hewlett Packard EMEA, Czech Republic. The sporting theme continued with the more recent attainment of a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. During his time in Logitech, Steve was awarded a Master of Science degree in Supply Chain Management through the Technological University Dublin, and in so doing achieved the highest grade nationally of his graduating cohorts. This program led to the present pursuit of a Doctor of Philosophy degree, also through Technological University Dublin, influenced by experience in practice that observed SCM to be a discipline of execution rather than of strategic formulation, despite its critical importance in the success of business firms, militaries and humanitarian agencies. This manifests in a gap of pain in response to crises, disasters and breakdowns, and in his first book, Supply Chain Disruption: Aligning Business Strategy and Supply Chain Tactics aims to contribute to the bridging of that gap so that not only are profits protected, but so too are human lives. Steve is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and the Logistics Research Network (LRN) conference in the United Kingdom is now a regular annual event for Steve, where his doctoral studies and presentations benefit from the most prolific SCM academics. Steve resides in Cork, Ireland, but now aims to complete his SCM journey in Canada as a Logistics Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy.

More about Steve O'Sullivan

Steve provides an insightful means for viewing disruption of supply chains from a number of different perspectives. Those of us that deal with supply chains can also learn from Steve's ideas on building organizational resilience to be able to effectively manage the effects of the inevitability of disruption. Supply chain specialists will need a full quiver to deal with disruption in an uncertain world.

Robert B. Pojasek PhD, Adjunct Professor Organizational Risk Management and Sustainability, Harvard University, US