How Coty Reinvigorated Its Supply Chain

Harvard Business Review

where one of us is Vice President Supply Chain, suggests this “magic” can be repeatable. In 2010, Coty was rapidly expanding through acquisitions and internal growth and needed to align, integrate, and further accelerate improvements in its supply chain.

Using Supply Chains to Grow Your Business

Harvard Business Review

Challenged by other entrepreneurs in Scale Up Milwaukee’s Scalerator program to come up with a plan for rapidly ramping up his business, Cronce wondered: “What if I redefined Raphael as a strategic link in the global medical imaging supply chain, rather than as a paint shop?”

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Leading Without Direct Reports

In the CEO Afterlife

In the years to follow, Walter enrolled in supply management courses at some of the best universities. Leaders Influence Directly AND Indirectly. Ultimately, leadership is the ability to influence others.

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Using the Power of Supply Chains to End Sexual Harassment

Harvard Business Review

Among the recommendations we offer, one in particular is salient to businesses: supply-chain reform. So how can firms like yours get ahead of the curve and encourage reform across their own supply chain before they face activist pressure? Image Source/Getty Images.

Rethinking Your Supply Chain in an Era of Protectionism

Harvard Business Review

It’s time for them to rethink their supply-chain strategies. Adjusting to new economic realities as well as political and economic uncertainties will require making their supply chains much more resilient. Yet whether and how such a policy will be implemented remains uncertain; so does its impact on exchange rates and a large number of other policies that could influence trade economics. Analyze the total costs of supply for each alternative location.

You Can’t Understand China’s Slowdown Without Understanding Supply Chains

Harvard Business Review

My evidence is a series of separate surveys conducted by different organizations, including the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation. Global companies have realized in the last few years that strategies such as outsourcing and off-shoring have significantly increased risk because their supply chain is geographically more diverse and, as a result, exposed to all sorts of potential problems. Operations Operations management Supply chain Economy Article

Preventing Another Bangladesh Tragedy: Three Ways to Transform Supply Chain Ethics

Harvard Business Review

We know that we are somehow complicit in the moral chain that links our cheap clothes with collapsing factories, but we feel powerless to respond. So here are three radical suggestions for transforming the field of supply chain ethics. In telecommunications and information technology, experts are waking up to the need for full "chains of custody" for components because of the threat of malicious " hardware Trojan horses."

A New Way to Think About Office Lighting

Harvard Business Review

More significantly, increasing awareness about the building sector’s growing role in climate change is shifting tenant and investor preferences and influencing owners to improve the performance of their buildings to stay competitive. Supply chain Technology Sustainability Digital ArticleMost offices have adequate but aging lighting systems that often operate inefficiently, can waste vast amounts of energy, and annoy employees.

Building Trust: A Leadership Imperative

Lead Change Blog

Key players in today’s business value chain are suppliers and trusted partners as they enable faster innovation cycles with more flexibility. The recent Accenture Strategy research points out that 84 percent of supply chain executives say they will increasingly use distributed manufacturing networks (more third parties) to meet customer demands. For many years trust has been considered a “soft” corporate issue, in part because it has been so difficult to measure.

Logistics For Your Business

Strategy Driven

Many people get logistics confused with supply-chain. Logistics is the movement of goods and supply chain is that movement – however, it is also sourcing, cost of goods, relationship management and everything else. It can become somewhat of a conundrum.

Overcoming the Barriers to Corporate Entrepreneurship

Strategy Driven

In this article I explore three barriers to entrepreneurial action: resistance from within the firm, resistance from within the supply chain, and resistance from the customer.

How Can We Increase the Number of Women on Corporate Boards?

Women on Business

But sponsors have significant influence inside an organization and advocate on your behalf, especially when high profile assignments are being discussed and names considered. ” Grace Lieblein, Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors.

How Small Changes Can Optimize Your Business Profits

Strategy Driven

With all these strategic goals to focus on, it’s unsurprising that a lot of the smaller influences on your bottom line slip under your radar. On the other hand, you could be spending far more than you need to on supplies because one of your staff members is helping themselves.

12 Critical Competencies For Leadership in the Future


The agents, middlemen and the whole supply chain related to these services is being disrupted. The rate of change in the business world today is greater than our ability to respond.

How Dumb Is Your Business?

N2Growth Blog

The dumb factor not only applies to talent, capital, and technology, but it also extends throughout the entire value chain. It applies to your branding, marketing, supply chain, and ultimately to your customer base.

Salty to Sweet: The Transformation of Mount Franklin Foods

Change Starts Here

So, in August the Transformation Team divided into Theme Teams that were responsible for achieving all the objectives in each strategic theme: new products, sales, quality, supply chain execution, and organization. Contact me to learn how we can work together to influence change.

How to Become a CHRO

HR Digest

How is the supply chain related to sales? Because CHRO roles require the management of stakeholders and to represent your business at the international level, your personal attributes, influencing and collaborative skills are key factors to consider. The position of a CHRO or Chief Human Resource Officer is gravely fundamental in every business. They determine if a business is going to fail or succeed.

Lessons from Amazonian Culture and Ecology for Talent Management

Mills Scofield

We’ve built our entire supply chain from the ground up and are the first to introduce guayusa to international markets. Tyler Gage and Dan MacCombie are the founders of one of my favorite startups ever, Runa. We drink the tea in our home all the time.

The Top 15 Shows That Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Should Watch

Strategy Driven

What follows is a battle of intelligence, ambition, influence and ultimately power. This show is also great for getting to grips with supply chain management as well as the basics of product design.

Leadership and Your Long Term Legacy

Next Level Blog

  My friend told me about an executive she knows named Bill who's been with the company for more than 30 years and who, through his leadership and tough love mentoring, has developed two generations of world class supply chain managers. 

The Downside of Best Practices | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As one example; if you are a manufacturing organization, innovation in your core could include new and improved materials, new techniques, novel approaches to supply chain management etc.

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Leading in a World of Resource Constraints and Extreme Weather

Harvard Business Review

The reality is that, in a world of rising and volatile input prices, companies need to be more than just flexible in how they react to changes – they also need to proactively develop new products and services that are far less resource-intensive throughout the value chain.

Reflections on Dr. Deming’s Hospital Notes – What Has Changed Since 1990?

Deming Institute

Hospitals run out of medications or supplies due to poor supply chain design (due to choosing the low cost supplier or trying to cut corners on inventory due to a misapplication of “just in time” principles). Guest post by Mark Graban.

INTERVIEW: Shannon Schuyler, Chief Purpose Officer at PwC, on CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion

HR Digest

I realized that my entire life I was being led by the power they instilled in me and was using it to make my way in the world, and be a positive influence. Using your influence to driving positive change, both in your organizations and your communities. "Inclusion Without Exclusion". Adaptability is one of the mainsprings of diversity.

Global Demand for Food Is Rising. Can We Meet It?

Harvard Business Review

They also store periodically produced grains and oilseeds so that they can be consumed all year, and they process soft commodities so that they can be used further down the value chain. Over the last century, the global population has quadrupled. In 1915, there were 1.8

What Businesses Need to Know About Sustainable Development Goals

Harvard Business Review

Dave Wheeler FOR HBR. The UN General Assembly held its regular meeting in New York this fall. But this year its purpose was different – and with significant implications for the future of the human condition.

How Large Food Retailers Can Help Solve the Food Waste Crisis

Harvard Business Review

Letting food go to waste, then, is a frivolous use of natural resources that drives up costs, inflates food prices, and weakens the food supply chain. Because of their direct links with farmers, processors, and consumers, they have the power to influence every facet of the supply chain. Partner with farmers in the supply chain. Food waste starts at farms in the value chain. Tara Moore/Getty Images.

How Blockchain Will Accelerate Business Performance and Power the Smart Economy - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM MICROSOFT

Harvard Business Review

Identify whether your organization has the ability, based on market size and/or influence, to get other parties to participate in a consortium. A blockchain-powered solution would capture information about the product from participants across the supply chain and from different perspectives. Powering the Supply Chain with Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

How to Help Process Owners Succeed

Harvard Business Review

And they need process owners (who may variously be called VP of Customer Experience, SVP of Supply Chain, Chief Engineer, or Value Stream Leader, for instance) to lead these initiatives. They are not senior enough to have the necessary influence. For example, Air Products set up process owners for each of the major steps in its supply chain, including plan, source, make, build, and fulfill.

The Real Reason Organizations Resist Analytics

Harvard Business Review

The sophisticated and near-real-time analytics created the worst of both worlds for them: greater accountability with less flexibility and influence. For example, an Asia-based supply chain manager can discover that the remarkably inexpensive subassembly he's successfully procured typically leads to the most complex, time-consuming and expensive in-field repairs.

Is Tesla Really a Disruptor? (And Why the Answer Matters)

Harvard Business Review

Consumers jumped en masse, destroying Blockbuster and other retail rental chains in just a few years. Amazon also leveraged its growing strength in the publishing supply chain as well as a reputation for superior customer service to create and dominate the e-book business, dispatching prior and future competitors. Tesla, Elon Musk’s automotive start-up, is having a very good year.

The Rise of the Nano-Multinational

Harvard Business Review

Small and medium-sized enterprises — SMEs — have long been recognized for their vital role in creating jobs and supporting supply chains in national economies. In the traditional view of the global economy, SMEs are seen acting merely as suppliers to multinational companies, allowing these giant shakers of the global economy to build complex value chains cutting across many countries.

How to Succeed at Key Account Management

Harvard Business Review

One obvious example is supply chain management. Best-practice companies choose to train their operations and supply chain people in KAM as well as their sales people.

What Happens If Apple Starts Making Cars

Harvard Business Review

Apple demonstrably understands design, UX, and global supply chain alignment in ways few organizations ever have. Indeed, precisely because Apple knows how to profitably scale its design, UX and supply chain expertise, automobile manufacturers would be compelled to react and respond.

Is Your Company’s Data Actually Valuable in the AI Era?

Harvard Business Review

The value of your training data is further influenced by the value generated through enhanced prediction accuracy. While 10 years of data on past yogurt sales is valuable for training an AI model to predict future yogurt sales, the actual predictions used to manage the supply chain require operational data on an ongoing basis. Carmen Martínez Torrón. Hayon Thapaliya/Getty Images. AI is coming.

Marketing’s New Digital Role Is Shortchanging IT

Harvard Business Review

Today, digitally recorded data describe nearly everything about our world, from highly tangible things like parts in the supply chain, inventory on the shelf, and seats on the plane to less tangible concepts like probabilities and sentiment. This shift blurs the lines of control as supply chain, customer relationship management, and other data systems become subordinate sources for information critical to marketing success. Every revolution has its vanguard.

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What It’s Like to Be Owned by Berkshire Hathaway

Harvard Business Review

Most said that Buffett is “not at all” likely to get involved in the event of unexpected senior management turnover, labor disruptions, supply chain interruptions, complaints by a large customer, a modest decline in sales, or regulatory matters. DAVE WHEELER FOR HBR.

The Big Picture of Business – Business Lessons to be Learned from the Enron Scandal

Strategy Driven

There were no checks and balances for members of the supply train. This archaic mindset flies in the face of progressive supply chain management, which successful companies now embrace. Corporate arrogance and ego, based upon power and influence (as well as money).

3 Ways Senior Leaders Create a Toxic Culture

Harvard Business Review

Whether presiding over the entire company, a function, region, or business unit, the team at the top of an organization has disproportionate levels of influence over those it leads. In my 30 years of working with leadership teams, these are three habits that I’ve seen have the most negative influence over a company. Songning Yang / EyeEm/Getty Images.

Hackathons Aren’t Just for Coders

Harvard Business Review

Companies far outside the tech world are using these intense brainstorming and development sessions to stir up new ideas on everything from culture change to supply chain management. In the best cases, user feedback influences the design and provides the ultimate measure of success.

What Trade Deals Are Good For

Harvard Business Review

When companies join supply chains, they require assurances that their property rights will be respected. The much-maligned Transpacific Trade Partnership (TTP) has much more to do with providing protections that enable global supply chains than with lowering traditional trade barriers.

Where Trump Does (and Doesn’t) Have Leverage with China

Harvard Business Review

He has two levels to operate on: first, directly influencing corporate investment and buying decisions, and second, diplomatic engagement with trading partners. First, he needs to string together enough Carrier-type deals, especially among large factory complexes that influence the wider supply chain. It can do more to influence the trade deficit than Washington can, and Beijing will negotiate — but not if Trump continues to talk to Taiwan.

Who Do You Want Your Customers to Become?

Harvard Business Review

History gives a lot of credence to this "human capital" model of innovation influence. Sam Walton's Walmart successfully deployed scale, satellites and supply chain superiority that turned shoppers into higher volume, one-stop everyday low-pricing customers. Right answers to wrong questions virtually guarantee failure.