Featured Operations Articles
Supply chain sustainability reporting depends on context, collaboration, and communication.
Manufacturers thinking about bringing operations back to the U.S. need to weigh the challenges.
Murali D.R. Chari et al.
Multinationals need to start viewing market intelligence as a strategic asset in emerging markets.
February 8, 2017 | Karen A. Brown, Nancy Lea Hyer, and Richard Ettenson
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.
Changing the Way Your Business Works
Rahul Kapoor and Thomas Klueter
When faced with an emerging technology, many companies have trouble responding — not because they don’t recognize how it impacts their business, but because they have difficulty managing the uncertainty around the new technology’s competitive viability. And when the technology significantly disrupts the company’s existing business, it can create structural impediments to pursuing opportunities.
Christopher G. Worley et al.
The business literature is full of references to “agile” processes, but what are they? Agility refers to an organization’s ability to make timely, effective, and sustained changes that maintain superior performance. Agile organizations continuously adjust to changing circumstances by changing product offerings, entering or exiting markets, or building new capabilities. This strategy requires management processes that can support adaptability over time.
Ning Su et al.
IT outsourcing has emerged as an important strategic tool for acquiring cutting-edge innovation.
Joseph Byrum and Alpheus Bingham
Open-innovation platforms, used thoughtfully, can expand a company’s access to analytics talent.
Gerald C. Kane et al.
Talent management processes need a digital update, too.
David Fogarty and Peter C. Bell
Outsourcing analytics can offer benefits, but it requires a carefully constructed relationship.
Advanced risk identification tools require companies to take a new approach to supply chain resilience.
Water’s low cost in many countries is not yet promoting responsible management within many companies.
James B. Rice Jr. and Tim Rowell
For PepsiCo, entering the natural beverage market meant developing new risk management practices.
Michael Hu and Sean T. Monahan
Effectively coordinating supply chains will increasingly require new approaches to data transparency.
A new wave of data innovation offers unprecedented promise to crack the black box of effective urban deliveries.
A sustainable supply chain requires more than just following the law, undertaking audits, or increasing transparency.
September 13, 2016 | William R. Kerr
Globalization offers significant opportunities, yet most companies approach key decisions haphazardly. Although the complexity of globalization means managers rarely can fully analyze a global business opportunity before they need to act, the basic tensions in global business models are straightforward. A simple analysis of global ventures along these dimensions can help entrepreneurs develop clearer expectations and decision-making processes.