Featured Operations Articles


Business Needs a Safety Net

Business leaders must partner with policy-makers to improve disaster preparedness and resilience.


Using Visualization to Connect Humans and Analytics in Supply Chain Decision-Making

In this webinar, MIT research scientist Matthias Winkenbach discusses how interactive visualization and augmented reality technology to change the way we access, understand, and utilize complex systems and logistics data.


Digital Audits as a Tactical and Strategic Management Resource

New factory audit processes make it possible to evaluate supplier performance in more depth.


Data-Driven Supply Chains

Unleashing the Potential of Supply Chain Analytics

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August 23, 2017 | Melissa R. Bowers, Adam G. Petrie, and Mary C. Holcomb

To gain competitive advantage from supply chain analytics, companies need to reduce the time it takes to act on the insights those analytics generate.

The (Coming) Manufacturing Disruption

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.

Choosing Scope Over Focus

Frontiers |

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.

The Revolution Will Be Customized (and Recycled and Solar-Powered)

The new frontier of ultra sustainable manufacturing: solar-powered 3D printing.

Getting Past the Hype About 3-D Printing

Near-term expectations for additive manufacturing techniques are overoptimistic.


Partnerships & Alliances



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.


Bringing Products to Market

It Takes More Than Math to Design a Distribution Network

February 24, 2017 | Tausif Bashir and Shardul Phadnis

Research carried out at the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) shows that supplementing mathematical models with analyses of external variables enables companies to develop the most efficient distribution networks.