Featured Operations Articles
Daniel Gettens et al.
For the IoT revolution to progress, data collection and data quality both must be greatly improved.
James B. Rice Jr. and Tim Rowell
For PepsiCo, entering the natural beverage market meant developing new risk management practices.
Christopher G. Worley et al.
Your business may have processes that work now. Does it have agile processes to help it change?
Supply Chain Transparency
Donna Marshall et al.
How much information should a company disclose about its supply chain? In addition to having to be lean, agile, and sustainable, today’s supply chains are increasingly the focus of growing attention from a variety of external stakeholders. These stakeholders often want information beyond what the company is legally obliged to disclose. But many companies have limited visibility of their supply chain information and have not fully considered their disclosure strategy.
Michael Hu and Sean T. Monahan
Effectively managing and coordinating supply chains will increasingly require new approaches to data transparency and collaboration. Supply chains in coming years will become even more “networked” than they are today — with significant portions of strategic assets and core capabilities externally sourced and coordinated. Already, progressive companies are developing novel solutions to the dilemma of data transparency by using data “cleanrooms” and digital marketplaces.
Partnerships and Alliances
August 23, 2016 | Ha Hoang and Frank T. Rothaermel
Companies that lack the resources and knowledge to undertake key strategic growth initiatives often seek partners who can fill in the gaps. The skills that make such alliances work, however, aren’t well understood; executives often make flawed assumptions that prevent the partnership from achieving its goals. An integrative, holistic framework for alliance management helps executives avoid these pitfalls and create value via strategic alliances.
The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing
David Simchi-Levi et al.
For a decade, China was automatically the answer to many manufacturing questions. That’s changing.
Multi-sourcing can lessen the risk of supply chain disruption. But it introduces risks of its own.
Ning Su et al.
IT outsourcing has emerged as an important strategic tool for acquiring cutting-edge innovation.
Francesco Zirpoli and Markus C. Becker
Managers must understand which competencies they can safely outsource and which they should manage internally.
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.
Ron Adner (Tuck School of Business), interviewed by Frieda Klotz
When a group of industry leaders work together to find new solutions and products, who’s in charge?
Timothy J. Kloppenborg and Debbie Tesch
The role of project sponsors is often overlooked, but actively engaged executives are crucial to a project’s success.
Alexander Laufer et al.
Successful project managers often combine elements of traditional and agile approaches to project management.
Edivandro Carlos Conforto et al.
There are positive correlations between improvisation in product development and team performance.
Fabian J. Sting et al.
Making it safe to be honest about when projects are getting off track can promote cooperative behavior.
Mark Keil et al.
Will your next big IT project be on time and deliver what was promised? Maybe — but maybe not.