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Supply Chains Built for Speed and Customization

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Thanks to technologies like 3-D printing, a new supply chain model is emerging.

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The Project Management Tool You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Branding, a process used by marketers, can also be used internally to build excitement for projects.

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Choosing Scope Over Focus

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New digital technologies are changing the rules of competition by expanding the boundaries of what a company can handle and introducing new sources of advantage.

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Supply Chain Sustainability

Sustainable Procurement Requires Perseverance

July 27, 2017 | Cory Searcy

Your company’s commitment to sustainability depends on finding sustainable suppliers. What if there aren’t any? Such situations may arise more often than not — so keeping your commitment to a sustainable supply chain may mean taking a long view by making incremental improvements and encouraging suppliers to examine and change their own practices.

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Managing Alliances

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Managing Difficult Projects

Protect Your Project From Escalating Doubts

Many big projects start off well, but then lose momentum and spiral downward as skeptical stakeholders withdraw support. Executives need to identify common triggers that spark stakeholder concerns — and take action to avert the ‘cycle of doubt’ that can ensue.

Five Rules for Managing Large, Complex Projects

Large-scale, long-term projects are notoriously difficult to manage. But recent research on megaprojects — defined as projects costing more than $1 billion — reveals five lessons that can help executives manage any big, complex project more effectively.

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Facing Industry Disruption

The Big Squeeze: How Compression Threatens Old Industries

March 23, 2017 | Omar Abbosh, Paul Nunes, Vedrana Savic, and Michael Moore

Accelerating compression of both revenues and profits may rapidly prove fatal to traditional businesses. Consider the accelerating decline of voice calls as a means of communicating via mobile telephone: From 2013 to 2015, average mobile voice revenue per user declined globally by 19%, and a further decline of 26% is expected through 2020. To stave off disaster, incumbents must transform and renew their core operations — while also growing into new businesses and industries.

Supply Chains and Logistics

Unleashing the Potential of Supply Chain Analytics

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To fully benefit from supply chain analytics, companies need to be able to act on insights quickly.

It Takes More Than Math to Design a Distribution Network

New research demonstrates how the most efficient network designs also account for changing market conditions.

A Three-Point Approach to Measuring Supply Chain Sustainability

Supply chain sustainability reporting depends on context, collaboration, and communication.

Sharing Supply Chain Data in the Digital Era

Effectively coordinating supply chains will increasingly require new approaches to data transparency.