Yes, You Can Predict Supply-Chain Disasters

Harvard Business Review

During catastrophes like the tsunami that devastated Japan and the floods in Thailand, chief procurement officers were in constant communication on the day of the crisis but went silent in the days and weeks that followed as they focused on serving the interests of their own stakeholders and scrambled to move more of their products and restore their services.

Why Quants Should Manage Your Supply Chain Risk

Harvard Business Review

For instance, optionality reduction in procurement contracts that accept excessive risk cost, or uncalculated and possibly dangerous risk costs inherent in the basic supply chain design of a given company, such as the mandate of a low-cost model with no ready replacement in the case of a serious escalation in its risk profile. Many leading companies are already moving in this direction, adding finance PhD's and actuaries to procurement and supply chain teams.