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Mining Actionable Information with Smart Capture: INTERVIEW WITH ENNO LUECKEL, EPHESOFT

Companies collect tons of data nowadays, but most of them do not yet profit from that treasure. The situation can be compared to the...

Five Leadership Lessons that will Help you Boost Productivity

By Deborah Sherry Today, businesses are presented with a plethora of opportunities arising from digital transformation. However, not all business leaders know how they can...

Waking Up to Data Quality

By Tadhg Nagle, Thomas Redman and, David Sammon Bad data impacts managers and their companies far more than most realise today and presents an enormous...
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The Reliance on Blockchain Technology Will Increase as Businesses Become Knowledgeable on How to...

Not every company will accept Bitcoin as a potential investment. However, businesses cannot deny the potential of the technology behind the cryptocurrency. Blockchain's tamperproof...

The Real Industry 4.0 Challenge

By Richard Markoff and Ralf Seifert As the manufacturing industry enters into the fourth industrial revolution or the Industry 4.0, supply chain leaders are challenged...

Safeguarding your Brand through Better Supply Chain Visibility

By Ben Wilde Better supply chain visibility is what you need to safeguard your brand. Trends ranging from globalisation and social media to rising...

Supply Chain Digitalisation Management Challenge

By Richard Markoff and Ralf seifert As part of the broader Industry 4.0 trend, the digitalisation of supply chains is happening quickly. Much of the...

Is Your Supply Chain Sustainable? Probably Not

By Cory Searcy A growing number of companies are working to develop sustainable supply chains. A key challenge is to align their supply chain...

Overcoming the Illusion of Email Overwhelm

By Joe Beccalori One of the most dreaded activities that executives have got to face is treading through an overwhelming amount of electronic messages. In...

Six Sigma Cirrhosis: How an Overreliance on Improvement Makes Organisations Ill

By Christopher Surdak There was a time when delivering “perfection” at a low price was like a business miracle that customers get a “high” from...

Post Global, Going to a “Local-to-Local” Approach. Sometimes.

By Francesco Stefanelli Today’s companies are global in nature and for many, this translates into a dynamic environment for designing their Supply Chains, in order...

Digital Reality No.1: Customer Experience is Value

By Stijn Viaene Customer-centric practices have been one of the key considerations in this age of digital transformation. In this article, Professor Stijn Viaene elaborates...

Mapping and Strategising Across Business Ecosystems

By Hervé Legenvre and Isabelle Herbet Business ecosystems are the new unit of analysis for strategic thinking; they offer fertile grounds for innovation. This article...

Creating an Omnichannel Supply Chain for Branded Manufacturers: The Untapped Potential for Growth

By Michael Hu and Sunil Chopra In today’s omnichannel world, the distinction between brands and retailers is of little interest to consumers. They will buy...

Re-invent Yourself as COO

By Nathan Bennett & Stephen A. Miles We focus on factors that have fundamentally changed demands on COOs: global recession, the evolving paradigm surrounding governance,...

Risk Sharing in Joint Product Development – Lessons from 787 Dreamliner

By Yao Zhao Reconciling an empirical study1 of 787 delays with an economic analysis of financial incentives, we reveal a subtle incentive trap in the risk...

The Quest for Operational Efficiency: The Story of DWIMBS

By Sherilyn Casiano To operate a successful business effectively and efficiently, you need to have relevant and accurate information regarding the performance of the business....

The Decoupling Effect of Digital Disruptors

By Thales S. Teixeira & Peter Jamieson A new wave of Internet startups is disrupting established businesses by the process of “decoupling”. In this article,...

Making 3D printing work for you: Defining Business Models for Additive Manufacturing

By Matthias Holweg, Kai Hoberg, Frits K. Pil, Jakob Heinen   Companies struggle to define the value proposition 3D printing brings: While the opportunities for...

Building the Everything Store: Amazon’s Cycles of Creativity and Circles of Destruction

By Sean Culey In just 20 years, Amazon has grown from an online startup focusing on selling books, to a devastating multi-platform, multi-industry technological disruptor,...

Leveraging Collaborations to Create Shared Value

By Hervé Legenvre, Francois Bacalou & Hugues Schmitz In this article the authors discuss how the competitiveness of an organisation and the health of the...

Managing People in Mergers and Acquisitions Part 2: Integration and Survival

By Guido Stein and Marta Cuadrado In Part One, we addressed the key reasons why companies decide to pursue merger, the reasons why many...

Where do you Begin with your (Big) Data Initiative?

By Joe Peppard While “Big data” has garnered a lot of attention over the last number of years, many managers struggle in deciding where to...

Market Makers… Innovate your market, then innovate your business.

By Peter Fisk Peter Fisk explores how the next generation of businesses innovate from the future back, and outside in. They start by finding the...

Managing People in Mergers and Acquisitions Part 1: Reasons and Reality

By Guido Stein and Marta Cuadrado In Part One of this article we will address a number of issues related to mergers. First, we will...

Change Capability Building

By David Miller and Audra Proctor The volume and complexity of change that organizations are facing continues to increase, and they cannot risk the negative...

Structure Follows Strategy – But May not Look Like You Imagined

By John Sutherland In the world of structural design, one size does not fit all. It pays massive dividends to get the structure fit for...

Change as Strategy

By Walter McFarland This article suggests that some traditional approaches to organisational change are obsolete – and recommends a new approach focused on creating new...

The Tears in the Deep Tiers

By Yossi Sheffi Many leading companies have well-developed risk management and crisis management systems for their own operations. Yet for all their prowess of risk...

A Transformation Manifesto

By Richard Lynch and Jack Calhoun Transformation is not about external forces, they are inevitable. It’s not about reorganisations, they don’t work. There are more...

The Impact of Becoming Demand-Driven

By Karin Bursa Becoming demand-driven enables companies to knock down organisational silos and create an integrated planning platform that ensures all teams involved are aligned...

Solving Marketing’s Inventory Crisis

By Paul F. Nunes and Joshua Bellin Just-in-time manufacturing was adopted shortly after World War II to save companies from drowning in excess inventory as...

Talent Management 2.0: Transformation Powered By People

By Amber Román and Richard Lynch In “Moving Beyond the Anecdotal: What Will It Take To Create Your Digital 2.0 Business Model,” we discussed our...

The 4 P’s: Saving 25% of Meeting Time

By John Sutherland Ineffective meetings are the bugbear of many organisations. In this article, John Sutherland, Director of Strategic resource introduces and discusses the 4...

The Practice Of Strategy

By Carlos Rey Peña and Joan E. Ricart What is strategy? In this article, the authors view strategy as a discipline that harmonizes business model...

S&OP Made Practical

By Karin Bursa The biggest obstacles to S&OP excellence stem from the complexity of managing the process which requires amongst other things, identifying, gathering and...

The Digital Revolution is an Evolution for the Outsourcing Industry

By Mike Salvino Digital technology has transformed virtually every industry, affecting the way companies serve customers, manufacture products,

Innovation Strategy

By Christoph Loch and Stelios Kavadias Many top level executives are still hopelessly behind when it comes to designing an effective innovation strategy in the...

Preparing for Uncertainty: How to use Creaction at Work

By Len Schlesinger and Charles Kiefer In an excerpt from their book, Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future, the authors Len Schlesinger...

Improving Digital Innovation in Large Enterprise: Strengthening e-Leadership at C-level

By Joe Peppard, Simon Robinson and Tobias Hüsing If your company doesn’t want to miss out on the new opportunities IT offers for business innovation,...

What We Can Learn from the Collision of Supply Chain and Retail

By Karin L. Bursa Traditionally, Supply Chain Planning and Retail Planning organisations have operated independently of each other, to the detriment of both. But, Karin...

Six Months on: Have we Learnt from our Heartbleed Mistakes?

By David Sandin Here David Sandin, product manager at Clavister, looks at whether we have heeded the lessons of the Heartbleed bug, the implications of...

Disruptive Digital Technologies Can Help Europe Recapture Competitiveness

By Mauro Macchi European countries have long lagged behind other developed economies in productivity and innovation, even prior

Clarifying Strategy is Simple. Aligning Your Organisation is Not

By R. Lynch, A. Roman and G. Mac Criosta A clearly defined and accessible business strategy is crucial to any organisation’s ability to optimally align...

Growth Through Innovation: Innovation Principles for the Technology-Driven Enterprise

By R. Boutellier and M. Heinzen Technology is the key to our growth, but with it comes many risks. Below, Roman Boutellier and Mareike Heinzen...

International Facility Management

By Kathy O. Roper Kathy O. Roper discusses the growing field of Facility Management and charts how it has evolved over the last 25 years...

The Spreadsheet Sabotage and its Impact on Supply Chains

By Karin L. Bursa Although many employees are not properly trained to use them, spreadsheets are used by the a huge number of businesses worldwide...

Transforming Procurement to Achieve Competitive Advantage in the Coming Decade

By P. Spiller, N. Reinecke, D. Ungerman & H. Teixeira In this article, the authors argue that procurement must be transformed to meet the challenges...

The Gospel of Information Management

By Sherilyn Casiano Information management is not the most fashionable of subjects. Yet as Sherilyn Casiano puts forseth in her article, it is the...

The Limits to Outsourcing: Beware of the Consequences for Market Success!

By Masaaki Kotabe, Michael J. Mol, Janet Y. Murray & Ronaldo Parente Over the past few decades, outsourcing, in particular offshore outsourcing, has become a...

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